When to start seeds indoors?

Recently, I found the Johnny's Seed calculator that has a more extensive vegetable and flower seed starting list than what I had been using. 

You just enter your last Spring frost date and the calculator does all the work for you... 

What a time saver!

Check out the link at Johnnys Seed Planting Calculator to customize and adjust the calculator to your own growing zone. 

Trying to keep myself a little more organized this year, I have created a printable chart that includes the vegetables that will be grown in my garden this year. 

Following the planting guidelines from the Johnny's chart I will adjust the exact planting dates according to the Farmers Almanac and personal preference.


Below is an example chart from Johnny's using my average last frost free date of May 15th.


Enter spring frost-free date (include year):
  
mm/dd/yyyy
CropNumber of weeks to start seeds before setting-out dateWhen To start insideSetting-out date
FromToSafe time to set out plants (relative to frost-free date)FromTo
Artichoke8
20-Mar
on frost-free date
15-May
Basil6
10-Apr
1 week after
22-May
Beets*4 to 6
20-Mar
3-Apr
2 weeks before
1-May
Broccoli4 to 6
20-Mar
3-Apr
2 weeks before
1-May
Cabbage4 to 6
6-Mar
17-Apr
4 weeks before
17-Apr
15-May
Cauliflower4 to 6
20-Mar
17-Apr
2 weeks before
1-May
15-May
Celery & celeriac10 to 12
27-Feb
13-Mar
1 week after
22-May
Collards4 to 6
6-Mar
20-Mar
4 weeks before
17-Apr
Corn salad/mache4 to 6
20-Feb
27-Mar
3 to 6 weeks before
3-Apr
24-Apr
Corn*2 to 4
17-Apr
15-May
0 to 2 weeks after
15-May
29-May
Cucumber3 to 4
24-Apr
8-May
1 to 2 weeks after
22-May
29-May
Eggplant8 to 10
20-Mar
10-Apr
2 to 3 weeks after
29-May
5-Jun
Kale4 to 6
6-Mar
20-Mar
4 weeks before
17-Apr
Kohlrabi*4 to 6
6-Mar
20-Mar
4 weeks before
17-Apr
Leeks8 to 10
20-Feb
6-Mar
2 weeks before
1-May
Lettuce4 to 5
13-Mar
27-Mar
3 to 4 weeks before
17-Apr
24-Apr
Melons3 to 4
1-May
8-May
2 weeks after
29-May
Mustard*4 to 6
6-Mar
20-Mar
4 weeks before
17-Apr
Okra*4 to 6
17-Apr
15-May
2 to 4 weeks after
29-May
12-Jun
Onions8 to 10
6-Feb
20-Feb
4 weeks before
17-Apr
Parsley9 to 10
13-Feb
27-Feb
2 to 3 weeks before
24-Apr
1-May
Peas*3 to 4
20-Feb
13-Mar
6 to 8 weeks before
20-Mar
3-Apr
Peppers8
3-Apr
2 weeks after
29-May
Pumpkins3 to 4
1-May
8-May
2 weeks after
29-May
Spinach4 to 6
20-Feb
27-Mar
3 to 6 weeks before
3-Apr
24-Apr
Squash3 to 4
1-May
8-May
2 weeks after
29-May
Swiss chard4 to 6
20-Mar
3-Apr
2 weeks before
1-May
Tomatoes6 to 8
27-Mar
17-Apr
1 to 2 weeks after
22-May
29-May
Watermelon3 to 4
1-May
8-May
2 weeks after
29-May

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