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Starting seeds for your garden is much cheaper when compared to buying plants, and it’s a great way to save yourself some money. Plus, with seeds you aren’t limited to the few varieties garden centers sell in the spring, so you can plant tons of cool stuff in your garden. But knowing when to start seeds indoors is difficult for new gardeners, and it’s one of the most common questions I get asked.

Timing is very important when it comes to starting seeds indoors. If you start your seeds too early, you could end up with weak, leggy seedlings by the time it’s warm enough to plant them into the garden. But if you start your seeds too late, the seedlings won’t be mature enough for transplanting. It takes a little practice, but don’t worry – with time you will know exactly when to start your favorite seeds.

Knowing When To Start Seeds Indoors

There are lots of different seed starting charts out there, and they can be helpful to use as a guide. But, there are so many factors involved in the timing of starting seeds that it’s best to come up with your own personal seed starting schedule. If you’re just starting out, you can follow these simple guidelines to figure out when to start seeds indoors…

Take all of the seed packets you plan to start indoors and sort them by the recommended sowing date shown on the packet. Most seed packets will give you recommendations for when to start seeds indoors. Generally, it will be something like “4 to 6 weeks before average last frost”, or 6 to 8 weeks…etc.

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