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Free Printable Seed Starting Schedule

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Hey fellow plant pals! Ready to dive into the magical world of seed starting? I’ve got something super useful for you – a free printable seed starting schedule! 

Whether you’re a green-thumbed pro or just starting out, this simple schedule will help you get organized with all of your seed packets, frost dates, best time to plant, and much more.  We’re about to embark on a journey from tiny seeds to flourishing plants, and this schedule is like our secret map. 

Let’s make sure each seed gets the TLC it needs, and watch our gardens bloom together! Be sure to know your growing zone (your zip code will tell you), so you know the right time to get started with your seeds. 

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Benefits of Starting your own Seeds

Before we start planning for seed starting, why would we opt to start our own seeds for the home vegetable garden or flower garden at home? Starting garden seeds indoors at home offers many benefits, making it a popular practice among gardeners both new and old alike. Here are some of the advantages of starting seeds indoors:

  1. Longer Growing Season: Indoor seed starting allows you to start your plants earlier in the year, often well before the last frost date. This extended growing season can result in larger and more productive plants.
  2. More Control: You have complete control over the growing conditions, such as temperature, soil, humidity, and light, which can optimize germination and early growth.
  3. Saves Money: Growing your plants from seeds is so much more cost-effective than purchasing established seedlings from a nursery or garden center.
  4. Variety and Selection: Starting seeds indoors gives you access to a wider range of plant varieties and heirloom options that are not available as established plants.
  5. Customization: You can tailor your planting schedule to match your specific climate, garden design, and preferences.
  6. Healthier Plants: You can nurture healthier, more robust plants from the very beginning, reducing the risk of diseases and pests.
  7. Stronger Roots: Starting seeds indoors can encourage stronger root development, leading to better overall plant health and resilience.
  8. Crop Succession: By starting seeds indoors at staggered intervals, you can implement crop succession planning, ensuring a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.

Buying seeds, instead of plants, is one great way to save money, big time! (See my full post on Gardening on a Budget!) On average, a package of seeds will cost $2 or $3 dollars, and that’s usually a good non-GMO, heirloom, or organic brand. Those packages hold enough seeds for a whole flat of plants, at least!

If you’re not sure what seed companies are reputable, check out my post on The Best Seed Companies, many of which have free catalogs you can get in the mail. And seed packages have information for each specific plant to let you know when to start seeds indoors, when to transplant seedlings, the ideal time to put outdoors, and more!

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Supplies for Starting Seeds Indoors

While I have quite a few seeds that I will sow directly into the garden in a few weeks, some of my seeds need to start indoors. If it’s your first time, it’s a good idea to have a few supplies on hand:

To help me remember what I’ve planted and when, I created a super simple seed-starting schedule (can you say that ten times fast?). This can easily be added onto your Kitchen Garden Planner or any vegetable planting calendar, and it’s the best way to keep track of what was planted, when they should germinate, transplant, etc. But before you download this free resource, here are some tips to sow seeds indoors.

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Steps for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors can be a rewarding way to jump-start your garden. Here are five steps to get you started in early spring or late spring:

  1. Collect the necessary supplies, including seed trays or pots, seed-starting mix, seeds, a watering can or spray bottle, and a warm, well-lit indoor location.
  2. Take note of your last spring frost date, so you know when to begin the seeds. (In the United States, use the USDA plant hardiness zone info here.)
  3. Fill the seed trays or pots with seed-starting mix, leaving a little space at the top. Moisten the mix with water until it’s evenly damp but not soggy.
  4. Plant the seeds according to the depth and spacing instructions on the seed packet. Gently press the seeds into the soil, cover them lightly with more soil, and label each tray or pot with the type of seed planted.
  5. Place the trays or pots in a warm location with plenty of indirect sunlight or under a grow light. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as seeds need moisture to germinate.
  6. Check the trays or pots regularly for signs of germination, which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the type of seeds. Once seedlings emerge, continue to provide them with adequate light, water, and ventilation to promote healthy growth.

By following these steps, you can successfully start seeds indoors and prepare them for transplanting into your garden once the cooler temperatures end.

In the past, I’ve kept my seed packages in a brown paper envelope, and I’d have to go back and look at the package to remember how many days until germination. How many days until maturity? It was not a great system.

My free printable seed starting schedule keeps all of your planting info in one simple place. When you begin your seeds, simply record what you planted and when. Then use the other boxes to record that important info directly off of the seed package. 

There is also a place to record when you transplanted. For the gardener who likes to keep things simple, this free printable schedule will be perfect for you.

Garden Planning Benefits

There are many benefits to planning your garden ahead of time, and seed starting indoors is a part of gardening planning. Here are some of the benefits to planning your garden ahead of time:

  • Avoid planting the wrong plants at the wrong times
  • Save money on vegetables you really don’t have space for
  • Make sure you have enough time to grow a certain vegetable before frost or seasonal changes
  • Garden plans can be saved for reference and reflection the next year
  • Helps fill your garden beds with different plants and those that are companion plants
  • Plan what you will direct seed and what needs to be started indoors
  • Have a different plan for each particular area of your garden

These are just a fw of the benefits of planning out a garden, and plans on paper will give you a head start to a successful garden season.

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Seeds We Started This Year

In my printable seed starting schedule, I recorded the seeds I planted for the spring garden this year, as well as seedling dates, time to harvest, and more. This is so helpful when it comes to our garden planting calendar. 

Want to get your entire garden planned in a jiffy, including a seed starting schedule? Check out my printed and spiral-bound Kitchen Garden Planner, now available in The Kitchen Garten Shop! It will help you plan your garden and take the guess work out of what to do!

So grab your free printable Seed Starting Schedule and add it to your Kitchen Garden Planner. I’d love to know what you’ll be starting from seed this year, and what your favorite seed companies are! 

I’m always looking for great products.I know I’ve mentioned before that Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is my go-to seed company; they’re fabulous! Have a great week and Happy Gardening!  

Janet

Sunday 9th of April 2017

Thanks for sharing your planting form. It will make our garden chores easier. Enjoy your blog.

Courtney

Thursday 20th of April 2017

You are so welcome Janet! I hope you have a productive garden season, and thanks for stopping by!