Starting Vegetables Indoors

Before starting vegetables indoors you will of course need seeds. If you purchase seeds you will end up with way more than you need, sharing with neighbors is always a great way to make the most of a packet of seeds. When you have your seeds then you can work on starting them.

It is of utmost importance to remember not to start your seeds too early especially when you are planting tomatoes. You will want to start your seeds around 6 weeks before final frost. Timing is always based on what you plan on planting so keep reading so you know when to plant what you want to plant.

Whatever you do you want to always start with clean containers. It doesn’t matter what you use to plant; you can use peat pots, flats and even egg cartons to do your seeding.

Just ensure that they are clean to start with and that you have holes at the bottom or sides for drainage. You also want to label your containers cause not remember what you planted where can be very frustrating.

Steps to Starting Vegetables Indoors

  1. Choose your container
  2. Fill your container with a seedling mix to just beneath the rim – not a potting soil
  3. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the packet you received them in
  4. Cover your container with plastic – create holes in the plastic with a toothpick to provide ventilation
  5. Water the plants according to the seed packets instructions
  6. Use a mist sprayer or meat basting syringe as an open container could cause the water to go out to forcefully
  7. Place your containers somewhere they will get heat on the bottom such as on top of the fridge, by the oven or by a window
  8. Your seeds will sprout anywhere between 65 &75 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. Once you see the seedlings you can remove the plastic and place the container into an area where it will get bright light
  10. Once you see second set of leaves on your seedlings you can start transferring them to separate pots filled with potting mix
  11. Water your transplants well and ensure they are kept out of direct sunlight for a couple days

What to Plant When

January

This is a great time to start planting a lot of different vegetables. The most popular vegetables to plant in January include peppers, tomatoes, onions and herbs.

  • Tomatoes such as Roma, sweetie, Brandywine, Cherokee purple and heirloom blend
  • Peppers such as sweet banana, early jalapeno, super chili and California wonder
  • Onions such as candy hybrid, sweet white Walla Walla, Nebula evergreen and yellow sweet Spanish
  • Herbs such as thyme, oregano, basil, parsley and chives

February

In February you can start broccoli, herbs, lettuce, onions, peppers and tomatoes

  • Broccoli such as the Calabrese variety
  • Herbs such as dill, Italian basil and Greek oregano
  • Lettuce of the Mesclun mix, black seeded Simpson and the butter crunch varieties
  • Onions such as yellow Spanish, red creol and sweet white Walla
  • Peppers such as super chili, sweet banana, early jalapeno and California wonder
  • Tomatoes such as heirloom blend, sweetie, Roma, Cherokee purple and Brandywine

March

This is a great time for you start with seeding your vegetables that can withstand the frost of March and April. For this time of year, you can plant a wide variety of vegetables.

  • Beets such as Detroit dark red
  • Broccoli such as Calabrese
  • Cabbage such as golden acre, premium late flat Dutch and michihili
  • Carrots such as scarlet Nantes and little finger
  • Corn such as incredible, sugar buns and peaches and cream
  • Cucumbers such as marketmore 76, muncher and spacemaster 80
  • You can seed herbs such as dill, Italian basil and Greek oregano
  • Lettuce such as black seeded Simpson, mesclun mix and butter crunch
  • Onions such as red creol, yellow Spanish and sweet white Walla
  • Peas such as Oregon giant and sugar Ann
  • Pepper such as superchili, sweet banana, early jalapeno and California wonder
  • Spinach of the Samish and Bloomsdale varieties
  • Summer squash of the Waltham butternut and cocozelle varieties
  • Tomatoes such as heirloom blend, Roma, Cherokee purple, sweetie and Brandywine

April

This is the best time to plant virtually every vegetable.

  • Beans such as topcrop, Kentucky wonder and contender
  • Beets such as Detroit dark red
  • Cabbage such as michihili, golden acre, premium late flat Dutch
  • Carrots such as scarlet Nantes and little finger
  • Corn such as sugar buns, peaches and cream and incredible
  • Cucumbers such as marketmore 76, spacemaster 80 and muncher
  • You can seed herbs such as Greek oregano, Italian basil and dill
  • Lettuce such as black seeded Simpson, butter crunch and mesclun mix
  • You can seed crimson sweet, hales best and sugar baby
  • Onions such as red creol, sweet white Walla and yellow Spanish
  • Peas such as Oregon giant and sugar Ann
  • Pepper such as sweet banana, super chili, early jalapeno and California wonder
  • Summer squash such as Waltham Butternut and Coczelle
  • Tomatoes such as Roma, sweetie, Brandywine and heirloom blend

May

  • Beans such as Topcrop, Kentucky wonder and contender
  • Beets such as Detroit dark red
  • Cabbage such as Michihili, Golden acre, premium late flat Dutch
  • Carrots such as scarlet Nantes and little finger
  • Corn such as sugar buns, incredible and peaches and cream
  • Cucumbers such as muncher, marketmore 76 and spacemaster 80
  • You can seed herbs
  • Peppers such as early jalapeno, super chili, sweet banana and California wonder
  • Summer squash such as Coczelle and Waltham Butternut
  • Tomatoes such as heirloom blend, Roma, sweetie, Cherokee purple and Brandywine

June

  • Beans such as Kentucky wonder, topcrop and contender
  • Beets such as Detroit dark red
  • Cabbage such as premium late flat Dutch, michihili and golden acre
  • Carrots such as scarlet Nantes and little finger
  • Corn such a sugar buns, incredible and peach and cream
  • Cucumbers such as muncher, marketmore 76 and spacemaster 80
  • You can seed herbs
  • Melons such as hales best, crimson sweet and sugar baby
  • Peas such as Oregon giant and sugar Ann
  • Summer Squash such as Waltham Butternut and Cocozelle

July

  • Beans such as Topcrop, Kentucky Wonder and contender
  • Broccoli such as Calabrese
  • Carrots such as scarlet Nantes
  • Corn such as early golden bantam, sugar buns and bodacious
  • Cucumbers such as marketmore 76, spacemaster 80 and muncher
  • Kale such as dwarf blue

August

  • Beans such as Topcrop, Kentucky Wonder and Contender
  • Winter Cover Crops
  • Cucumbers such as Marketmore 76, Spacemaster 80 and Muncher
  • Kale such as Dwarf blue
  • Lettuce such as salad bowl and butter crunch
  • Peas such as Sugar Ann
  • Radish such as Cherry Belle
  • Spinach such as Samish and Bloomsdale

September

  • Broccoli such as Calabrese
  • Garlic such as the Italian variety
  • Lettuce such as butter crunch
  • Radish such as cherry belle
  • Spinach such as Samish, Olympia Hybrid and Bloomsdale

October

Now is not a time when many vegetables will develop prior to the first frost buy you can do some starting with the following.

  • Garlic
  • Herbs such as thyme, chives, oregano, basil and parsley

November

  • Herbs such as oregano, parsley, thyme, chives and basil
  • Sprouts
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach

December

  • Herbs such as parsley, thyme, chives, basil and oregano
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
flowerfan
 

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 0 comments

Leave a Reply: