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Easiest Indoor Seed Starting

FEBRUARY:

  • Lettuce (look for varieties described as “slow to bolt” or “heat tolerant”)
  • Bunching onions
  • Cold-hardy annual/biennial herbs like dill and parsley
  • Perennial herbs like oregano and thyme
  • Large Brassica greens like collards and kale

MARCH:

  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Swiss chard
  • Sweet potatoes (not started from seed…grow your own slips from stored or purchased sweet potato tubers)

APRIL:

  • Chiles including jalapeños
  • New Zealand spinach (so much easier than winter spinach)
  • Marigolds
  • In mid-to-late April when soil temperature is consistently above 50F at 7am (buy a soil thermometer!), directly sow peas and seed potatoes

MAY (all of these can be directly sown once the soil reaches 60F…they grow quickly):

  • Cucumbers
  • Small cantaloupe varieties
  • Yellow squash and zucchini
  • Zinnias
  • Direct sow: sunflowers…they don’t transplant well

JUNE:

  • Butternut squash (can also be directly sown)
  • Direct sow: asparagus beans aka yardlong beans

—NO SEED STARTING IN JULY AND AUGUST, IT’S TOO DANG HOT—

SEPTEMBER:

  • Lettuce (look for varieties described as “good for overwintering” or “cold hardy.”)

OCTOBER:

  • Garlic (directly sown)