When should you start herb seeds for you garden. This is a good question below you will find a chart of the proper time to germinate some common herbs before the last frost date in your area.
Why Germinate Your Own Herb Seeds
One of the best reason to grow your own herbs from seeds is that for the price of a single herb plant you can probably purchase three or more packages of seeds. Also there are some herbs which you might like to try that are hard to find at the local nursery or garden center.
When To Start Fruits And Vegetables Indoors
Vegetable Days From Sowing Untill Setting Out Days Before Or After Frost Date To Set Out
Broccoli 4 to 6 weeks Two weeks before
Cabbage 4 to 6 weeks Four weeks before
Cantaloupes 3 to 4 weeks Two weeks after
Cauliflower 4 to 6 weeks Two weeks before
Cucumbers 3 to 4 weeks One to two weeks after
Eggplant 8 to 10 weeks TTwo to three weeks after
Leeks 6 to 8 weeks Four weeks before
Lettuce 6 to 8 weeks Three to four weeks before
Okra 4 to 6 weeks Two to four weeks after
Onion 6 to 8 weeks Four weeks before
Peppers 6 to 14 weeks Two weeks after
Tomatoes 6 to 8 weeks One to two weeks after
When To Start Annual Flowers Indoors
Flower Days From Sowing Untill Setting Out Days Before Or After Frost Date To Set Out
Ageratum 4 weeks One week after
Dahlia 8 weeks Two week after
Marigold 6 to 8 weeks Two weeks before
Nicotiana 6 to 8 weeks Two week after
Petunia 10 to 12 weeks Two week after
Snapdragon 6 to 8 weeks One weeks after
Zinnia 6 to 8 weeks Two week after
You can start your seedlings in almost any kind of container. Use a light soil mix and keep it moist. I like the peat pots found at most garden centers for their biodegradability. When it is time to plant just tear off the bottom and plant them right in the ground or container.
Seedlings will need to be kept moist while they are growing don’t let the containers dry out too much but remember moist not soggy.
Provide enough light if not the seedling will grow long and spindly and not be as healthy. If you do not have enough light where you are growing out the seedlings than suplement with florescent lights above the seedlings.
All in all growing your own herbs from seeds is not that difficult and I am sure you will find it rewarding.