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ROOKIE TOPIC XVII Seed Starting Dates

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ROOKIE TOPIC XVII Seed Starting Dates

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/13/2012, 3:11 pm

1. Determine your average last frost date. An easy to use web site based on your zip code is

DAVES GARDEN FREEZE FROST DATES

2. Some of us take chances and use the 50% date (There is a 50% chance that you will get a frost after this date). Others want to play it safe and choose to use the 10% date (There is only a 10% chance that you will have a frost after this date.)

3. Next determine the number of weeks before your last frost date those particular seeds need to be started.

4. Starting at your last frost date, count back the number of weeks for that plant to determine your seed starting date. Using a standard calendar for this purpose is really easy.

The following seed starting chart assumes a last frost date of April 16 and uses the weeks before or after the last frost date recommended by Mel in his ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book, pages 253 and 254.

CROPS
Weeks before last frost date 4/16
INDOOR Seed starting date
Weeks before or after last frost date 4/16
TRANSPLANT
Weeks before or after last frost date 4/16
DIRECT SEED Outdoors
BROCCOLI
-12
1/23/2012
-5
3/12/2012
CABBAGE
-12
1/23/2012
-5
3/12/2012
PARSLEY
-12
1/23/2012
-5
3/12/2012
CAULIFLOWER
-10
2/6/2012
-4
3/19/2012
ONIONS
-10
2/6/2012
-4
3/19/2012
EGGPLANT ***
-7
2/27/2012
2
4/30/2012
PEPPERS ***
-7
2/27/2012
2
4/30/2012
LETTUCE
-7
2/27/2012
-4
3/19/2012
-4
3/19/2012
SWISS CHARD
-7
2/27/2012
-3
3/26/2012
-3
3/26/2012
TOMATOES ***
-6
3/5/2012
0
4/16/2012
SUMMER SQUASH ***
-2
4/2/2012
0
4/16/2012
0
4/16/2012
CUCUMBERS ***
-1
4/9/2012
1
4/23/2012
1
4/23/2012
MELONS ***
0
4/16/2012
2
4/30/2012
2
4/30/2012
PEAS
-5
3/12/2012
SPINACH
-5
3/12/2012
BEETS
-3
3/26/2012
CARROTS
-3
3/26/2012
RADISHES
-3
3/26/2012
BEANS BUSH ***
0
4/16/2012
BEANS POLE ***
0
4/16/2012
CORN ***
0
4/16/2012
WINTER SQUASH ***
2
4/30/2012
*** may need to wait for the soil to warm up before planting outside
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Post  sanderson on 2/2/2016, 4:56 pm

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/2/2016, 10:29 pm

Perfect timing, sanderson, thanks!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/4/2016, 10:10 am

Great chart! I can use it as is since my LFD is 4/19. I don't mind putting the cold crops out at 50% since they don't mind frost. I'm guessing the dates for cabbage include kale and collards?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/4/2016, 7:02 pm

I would certainly think so, CC.
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