Just Links, Mostly: Growing from Seed

Basics

Timing

  • Frost date calculators from Farmer’s Almanac, Dave’s Garden, and The National Gardening Association all use different slightly different weather data and risk levels. Interesting to compare.
  • From our blog, a discussion that gets a bit into the weeds about odds and frost date ranges.
  • Margaret Roach and Johnny’s offer seed-starting calculators. Enter your frost date, and it calculates when seeds should be started indoors, transplanted, or directly sown outdoors. NOTE: Use these calculators as a rough guide. In the spring, I use two sets of frost dates: a riskier one for cold weather crops that can handle a bit of frost and a more conservative one for warm weather crops. Tomatoes, for example, not only can’t handle a frost, but they’re also generally not happy at temperatures under 60 degrees F.
  • Kitchen Garden Seeds offers a very handy list of seed-starting schedules.
  • For a simple chart that will work well in Massachusetts, see this excellent resource from URI.
  • From High Mowing seeds, here’s a resource showing how to get the timing right so that you can sow a succession of crops in your garden.
  • From our blog, starting out the growing season with cold weather crops.

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