I have a confession to make: I’m bad with seeds. Most gardeners know that seed starting is a great way to get a jump on the season, to try out new varieties, and to expand our gardens without spending tons of money, and I know all of this too. Every year, I tell myself that this will be the year I’ll do my seed starting systematically, and take perfect care of my delicate little seedlings, and every year my seed space ends up looking something like this.
(Note to self: while heat mats and grow lights help seeds sprout and grow, they are also magnetically attractive to cats.)
This year, it will be different. I found this great calendar at the Old Farmer’s Almanac website – just plug in your city and state or your zip code, and it will tell you exactly when to start seeds, plant, and harvest for your veggie garden. You can print out your results and keep them for reference, or you can plug in your email address to get automatic reminders. (Guess what I plan to do.) Still not sure how I’m going to keep the cats off the heat mat, though.