Seed Starting (A Rare Non-Hiking Post)

Posted By on December 30, 2016

Seed Starting (A Rare Non-Hiking Post)

I know this blog is all about the hiking. I get that, and I have even sometimes considered myself a “recovering” gardener, but honestly, when it’s cold and snowing outside, one sure thing that can bring me out of my winter-induced funk is planning for and starting seeds for my vegetable garden. I love vegetable gardening, mostly because I like to eat. Which I guess is obvious from my photos.

I got to thinking about planting dates thanks to a Facebook post about the Rodale seed starting chart. Which is fine, as far as it goes. But I’ve been refining and adding to my own seed starting spreadsheet for lo these many years now, and if you really want to get into the “weeds,” so to speak, feel free to download the Excel file, here. Not only is it “interactive,” i.e., you can enter the last average frost date for your particular area, and it will adjust all your planting dates automatically, but I also include a sheet for Fall crops, and one for flowers and herbs. But wait, there’s more! Other sheets give viability for old seed, that is, how long each kind of seed is good, so if you have some old tomato seeds laying around, you’ll know whether or not to keep them.

My Seed-Starting Set-up

My Seed-Starting Set-up

Of course, this photo is from last year. This year I will be making my own auxiliary light stand from PVC pipe, the plans for which I found on the Interwebs. But the gardening season will officially begin for me on January 19th, when I plant my leek seeds. I CAN’T WAIT.

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