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Seed Starting Worksheet

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2000

Good timing is critical for starting seeds indoors. To ensure you begin starting seeds at the proper time, determine the last frost date in your area (contact your cooperative extension office for this date). Then read each seed packet to learn how many weeks before the last frost date the seeds should be sown and when they should be planted outside. Using a calendar, calculate when you'll need to sow seeds so the plants are ready for transplanting outdoors.

For example, 'Brandywine' tomato should be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost and planted out a week after the last frost. If the last frost date in your area is May 1, start 'Brandywine' around March 15 and plant out on May 7.

Use our Seed Starting Worksheet to schedule all your seed starting.

Comments (3)

  • lfbleau 4 Mar, 2014

    Thanks Martha - I've been using this worksheet for my indoor sowing since 2005...I don't know what I would have done without it!

  • blubutterfly818 16 Apr, 2008

    Exactly what I was looking for! Made it so easy to figure out what to do when!

  • jofranco 22 Feb, 2008

    Thank you for the Seed Starting Worksheet , it willl help me organise my sowing and planting out.