HELPFUL TIME FRAMES FOR STARTING VEGGIE SEEDS
I found this nifty time frame chart about when to start some of our seeds indoors. Not all are listed but as I find more I’ll add it to this chart. Our last frost date here in Santa Fe (zone 5) is May 15 but you can adjust this to your time zone as it is listed as to how many weeks to start seeds ahead of your last frost date.
Please note-Anything you actually put out in the garden early before your last frost date, must have some kind of protection.
TOMATOES-6-8 weeks before last frost (sometimes even up to 10 weeks with proper lighting)
PEPPERS-8-12 weeks before last frost. Big deal around these parts of the southwest! I find they take forever to start!
EGGPLANTS-6-8 weeks before last frost. I find these take a long time to start also.
LETTUCE-5-6 weeks before last frost if you want to start indoors. (I also like to plant lettuce, spinach and different greens, carrot and beet seeds directly in the soil right after St. Patrick’s Day around here as they can handle a little frost but I still cover them with row cover at night)
SPINACH-5-6 weeks before last frost or plant directly outdoors (around St. Patrick’s Day)
GREENS (broccoli, chard, kale, cabbage,etc)-6-8 weeks before last frost (or plant after St. Patrick’s Day)
GIANT PUMPKINS (or any pumpkin)-2-4 weeks before last frost (but you must protect them if you put them out early) or just wait as they grow fast
MELONS-2-4 weeks before last frost or just wait as they grow fast
CUCUMBERS-2 -3 weeks before last frost or just wait as they grow fast
BEANS-2 -3weeks before last frost or just wait as they grow fast
SUMMER SQUASH-Just plant after last frost date directly in garden
WINTER SQUASH-Just plant after last frost date directly in garden