Seed Starting Basics: Frost Dates

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So we are incredibly behind with our seed starting this year. Or so we thought. Our specific area has a later last frost date than the general USDA zone map had informed us. We had suspected that we were a bit later than the surrounding areas, but had not found anything to confirm that. According to davesgarden.com, which gathers its data from the National Data Climatic Center, our first frost date has jumped to June 6! If you’d like to give it a shot, just type in your zip code, and you should get your first and last frost dates in various columns. If you have any questions about how that table works, please let me know in the comments.

First Seeds of 2017

The first, and maybe one of the most important things to do, is find out what your last and first frost dates are. Your whole garden will be based on that date. Since our date is actually later than we thought, we had to readjust what we are doing and when. We have this really awesome book titled “The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season” by Ron Kujawski & Jennifer Kujawski. This book is awesome and completely worth purchasing, in my opinion. The book has this really cool feature that helps you figure out what you need to do when based on your first and last frost dates. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now to keep us on task.

Now that we know when our first frost date is, we can begin our seed starting!

Since our last frost date has moved to June 6, we now only need to start kale, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, fennel, and parsley. All of those are either cold weather or cool weather crops. We will be starting them in the next post, as well as going over the basic supplies and steps necessary to prep for seed starting. Please subscribe to follow along!

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