Seed starting time is officially here. And if you live in the deep south, then you’ve probably already started some or all of your garden seeds. I absolutely love getting my seed packets in the mail and thinking about how these tiny seeds will soon sprout into thriving plants!
So, how can you keep all of your seed starting organized? Use my free printable seed starting schedule and you’ll be off of the right foot!
Starting Seeds Saves Money
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!
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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.
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. A good seed starting mix and a tray (or egg carton, toilet paper roll, newspaper, etc.) and you’ll be on your way to having a successful spring garden.
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, and it’s a wonderful way to keep track of what was planted, when they should germinate, transplant, etc.
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
This year I have started more seeds than in previous years, and I’m hoping for great results. I also began saving more seed last season, so I’m interested to see how they fare this spring. Gardening can be such a fun and challenging activity, and there is certainly something new to learn each year.
This schedule will help any gardener keep track of useful data that can be used in planning out next year’s garden. Learning from experiences is always a win!
Here’s what seed we started this year:
- Hale’s musk melon (cantaloupe)
- Squash (I’ll direct sow squash and zucchini if needed)
- Lacinato Kale
- Sweet Bell Pepper
- Jellybean tomatoes (Seed saved from last year)
- Better Boy Tomatoes
- Marigolds (How to Grow Marigolds)
- Zinnias (How to Grow Beautiful Zinnias)
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!