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When Should You Start Planting Your Garden?

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For some people, spring is the perfect time to go on a vacation, and for others, it’s a good time to get a start on spring cleaning. But in addition to traveling and tidying up, spring is the time to start planting flowers, fruits, vegetables and more.

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It might be because you love cooking and you want to grow your own fresh produce or maybe you just want to add to the beauty of your home by having a garden of flowers. No matter the reason, you want your garden to be as healthy as possible and to do that, you must make sure that you start your planting at the correct time.

It turns out your garden probably should not start outside in the springtime. For most crops, you should start seeds indoors about six to eight weeks before the last spring frost date.

In the Midwest, plant your seeds indoors in the middle to end of April. In the South, the last frost can occur as early as the beginning of February, so plant your indoor seedlines then. In some northern cities, gardeners may need to wait until May to be totally in the clear, so hold on.

When the seeds have started to grow too large for their seed trays or pots, it’s time to move them to your garden outdoors — unless there is still a chance of frost. In that case, transfer them to a larger pot and wait until it warms up. 


Once you have those seedlings in the ground, you’re already off to a pretty good start, but there are plenty of other things beginning gardeners should know.