Organization is key when I’m planning my kitchen garden. I have a short growing season, so it’s imperative that I sow my seeds timely to ensure that I give my plants adequate time to germinate, be transplanted and grow in my containers or garden.
I designed this kitchen garden sowing schedule to help keep me on track with sowing my seeds. You can start sowing your seeds too, so I thought I would share it with you. I live in Zone 6B, so I work in my garden from mid-May until October. I can produce quite a few crops in that time period if I stay organized and on track. It also serves as a Check List and keeps me focused on what I will be planting during the season.
If you are a beginner gardener, check the planting zone for your area. You may be able to sow earlier than my schedule and you may have a longer growing season. Adjust the schedule according to your zone.
I’m more of a summer gardener than spring. However, I do plant leaf lettuce which is a cool weather crop. I’m thinking of sowing my lettuce in containers this season. I’m also going to try collard greens and cauliflower. These are cool weather crops. Instead of planting out in the spring, I’ll be planting these out for a fall crop. I like to have fresh collard greens to serve at Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. And I love cauliflower in a cheese sauce. Yum!
My work starts in mid-March when I set-up my grow lights and sow my tomatoes, peppers, herbs, melons, squash, and zucchini inside. Indoor sowing gives me a head start on the growing season. Starting my plants from seed also saves me money. As you can imagine, purchasing plants from a garden center can get expensive. My goal is to grow fresh produce at a bargain price.
Seeds should be sown indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the growing season begins. You don’t want to start them too soon. Your plants could start blooming and you don’t want to plant them if that happens. I will also be starting my sunflowers using the winter sowing method in the next few weeks. You can see how I winter sow my sunflowers here.
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