Garden Seeds Seed-Starting Timetables

January 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM Leave a comment



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Seed-Starting Timetables

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As the cold winds blow and the snow flies (again), it is the perfect time to plan your spring and summer gardens with the Kitchen Garden Seeds catalog. Make a wish list of the vegetables and herbs that you would like to grow. Think about what you want to harvest for delicious, sultry terrace dinners with family and friends, and bracing feasts to put away for hearty nourishment on cold winter nights like these.

While you have the time, pull out your favorite seasonally-inspired cookbooks, brainstorm new menus and decide what you can grow in your own garden for this season’s culinary repertoire. Don’t forget your floral wish list for abundant display gardens and lush, ever-full cutting beds, or the seeds you will need for culinary hostess and holiday gifts, and special crafty gifts (like gourd birdhouses). Ask your children what they would like to grow in their own little patch~pumpkins, sunflowers, purple carrots, yellow cherry tomatoes or a morning glory-covered tee-pee?

From a practical perspective, consider making a two-part order. The first, most timely part, includes the varieties that must be started indoors for transplant into the garden later. The second part would be the list of varieties to be direct sown into the garden once the threat of spring frost has passed.

Here is the general seed-starting schedule. It is based on the standard rule of thumb (for seeds that need to be started indoors) to start seeds eight weeks before the last expected spring frost date.

Eight-week General Seed-Starting Timetable

Horticultural Zones 9 & 10:  Start seeds indoors now.

Horticultural Zone 8:  Start seeds indoors in early February.

Horticultural Zone 7:  Start seeds indoors in mid February.

Horticultural Zone 6: Start seeds indoors in late February.

Horticultural Zone 5: Start seeds indoors in early March.

Horticultural Zones 1-4: Start seeds indoors in mid to late March.

There are vegetables, herbs and flowers that require more or less time than the standard eight weeks. Here are the seed starting schedules for them:

Vegetable/Herb Seed-Starting Timetable

Four Weeks: Melons, Bitter Melon and Cucuzzi Edible Gourds.

Six Weeks: Asparagus, Fennel, Onions, Rhubarb, Shallots, Tomatillos, Basil and St. John’s Wort.

Eight Weeks: Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chiles, Sweet Peppers, Chives, Sage, Stevia and Thyme.

Nine Weeks: Broccoli, Cabbage and Kohlrabi (transplant out four weeks before the last frost date).

Ten Weeks: Celery, Celeriac, Jicama and Lemongrass.

Eleven Weeks: Leeks, Artichokes and Cauliflower (transplant out four weeks before the last frost date).

Twelve Weeks: Cardoons and Brussels Sprouts.

Sixteen Weeks: Strawberries (for first year crop) and Rosemary.

Flower Seed-Starting Timetable

Five Weeks: Alyssum.

Six Weeks: Cutting Ageratum, China Asters, Celosia, Cleome, Coleus, Nepeta Catmint, Echinacea, Euphorbia, Forget-Me-Nots, Dahlia, Nicotiana, Scabiosa, Snapdragons and Thunbergia.

Eight Weeks: Baby’s Breath, Black-Eyed Susans, Milkweed, Coreopsis, Gaillardia, Globe Amaranth, Helichrysum, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Heuchera, Nigella, Platycodon, Statice and Yarrow.

Ten Weeks: Dianthus, Digitalis, Lobelia and Heliotrope .

Twelve Weeks: Datura, Salvia and Viola.

If you need help with anything, our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you can call us at (860) 567-6086 or email us at Lance Frazon, our seed specialist, is happy to help you in any way possible. He loves to talk seeds.

-To see our seed collection click: Flowers, gourmet fruits & vegetables and aromatic herbs.

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-Or, call us at (860) 567-6086: we will help you in any way we can!


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