Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Seeding Schedule

With the sidewalks shoveled and a second cup of coffee in me, I decided to sit down and work out a seeding schedule for 2012. I always get ambitious in late March, which is usually too late for some plants and too early for others.

From what I can tell, these are roughly the planting dates I should target. Some dates are for an early start in a cold frame (indicated with an asterisk). I'm aiming to get the plants into the cold frame around March 15. This is about the point the south side of the house loses its snow cover so I expect the put the cold frame up about two weeks prior to that.

The rest of the dates are aiming for a May 10ish planting into (mostly) raised beds in the yard (which I will tarp if frost threatens).

February 1
Kale and Lettuce*

February 15
Leeks (for soup!)
Carrots and Beets *

March 1
Celery (again for soup!)
Oregano, Parsley

March 15
Tomatoes, Coriander, Dill and Basil

April 1
Broccoli, Peppers and Sage

The rest I will seed directly into the ground in May. My aim is to reduce (or eliminate) the seedlings I buy this year. Comments and suggestions welcomed.