When To Start Seeds

When to start seeds is always a question for me EVERY year. I am still learning about the best timing. I learn from so many people on the web. I decided to curate a few of my favorites. Since I’m in Colorado, I did add some sites particular to my state (as a lot of my readers are also from Colorado). But, I’d like to make this list good for everyone EVERYWHERE. So please, PLEASE add to this list other web resources that you have found helpful. It is easy to do in the list below. Just click on the red words “add to list” and then copy and paste the URL as instructed. Let’s all learn together on when to start seeds.
Oh…and by the way, in my list is one link about building your own indoor grow light system from Gayla at You Grow Girl. Her site is so GREAT!  And she has some wonderful books too.

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Laura's Curated List of Seed Starting Instruction Guides

Feb 19, 2015 - homegrownfoodcolorado.org - 461
Zone 5, Northern Colorado - Seed Starting / Planting Calendar
If you grow your own food this handy little planting calendar shows when to start seeds indoors, when to direct sow seeds outside, and when to transplant outside. Click on it and it will go to the website where you can download a printable version. Cool!
Feb 19, 2015 - awaytogarden.com - 370
when to start seed - A Way To Garden
NEED HELP remembering when it's safe and smart to start your first spring sowings of vegetable, flower and herb seeds indoors and out? This tool helps calculate when. Begin by entering your final spring frost date on the top right of the chart below.
Laura LOVES this because you can plug in your frost date and wala....there is your chart.
Feb 19, 2015 - yougrowgirl.com - 439
Build a D.I.Y Lighting System - You Grow Girl
I (Laura) just built my own indoor grow light setup. While I am not doing exactly what Gayla suggests here, it got me going.
Gayla says...When we moved, I abandoned the cobbled together grow light setup I had been struggling with for years in favour of beginning again with a much improved, bigger and badder system. In the old place I had to stuff the grow light shelving system into a corner nook of my office.
Feb 19, 2015 - gardeners.com - 518
When to Start Your Seeds, Seedstarting, Seed-Starting, Seed Starting, Starting Seeds: Gardener's Supply
When starting seeds indoors, the goal is to have robust seedlings by the time it's warm enough to plant outdoors. YEARS ago, I was diligent about keeping a gardening journal.
Feb 19, 2015 - gardeners.com - 465
How to Start Seeds, Seed Starting
WHEN mail-order catalogs and local garden centers are bursting with an astonishing variety of plants of all kinds, why would anyone want to bother starting their own plants from seed?
Feb 19, 2015 - frontrangeliving.com - 459
Growing Indoor Seeds in Colorado
SEEDS: A Colorado calendar for growing tender seedlings indoors January is the glum month of the year. The ending of the holidays coincides with winter settling in and only gardeners appear oddly upbeat and smiling. That's because January is the month of garden catalogues and seed ordering.
Feb 19, 2015 - well.com - 502
Colorado Planting Dates
This page tells you when to plant outside......
In the Denver area, climate information going back to 1900 shows that April has, on average, one day with a minimum temperature of less than 32 degrees (F). The range is from 0-4 such days. May has an average of zero days with a minimum temperature less than 32 degrees, but a May freeze has been recorded at least once.
Feb 19, 2015 - ext.colostate.edu - 358
Colorado State Extension
This is more about WHEN to plant outside and less about seed starting.
Feb 20, 2015 - yougrowgirl.com - 464
A Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Seed Starting - You Grow Girl
Guest post by miss gard(e)ner Inhabit Hardiness Zones 5 through 8? Ready to start your growing season? The much anticipated moment has arrived. Keep the following in mind when planning your garden: Climate: What grows well in your region? Space limitations: How extensive will your garden be?
Feb 21, 2015 - mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com - 442
Seed Starting Tips for Beginner Gardeners

Laura, at Colorado Backyard Gardener loves MrBrownThumb! Go to his site. It's awesome!
He says, "Over the past few years, I have amassed a number of posts here about growing from seed that should be helpful to beginner seed starters. While these seed starting tips are aimed at beginners hopefully, they will be of use and interest to more experienced gardeners who may not have done much seed starting in the past..."

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