Starting seeds can seem like a daunting process but once you get yourself organized and chart it all out, it’s pretty easy to do.
In Part 3 of learning how to start seeds indoors, we will review how to organize your seed starting schedule to help you know when to do what.
And be sure to grab your FREE downloadable printable at the end of this post!
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To quickly recap Parts 1 and 2 of my seed starting series:
In Part 1, I shared how to start seeds indoors without a greenhouse. And if you do have a greenhouse, I’ve got you covered there too.
In Part 2, I showed you how I set up my seed starting system in the basement. Since I am starting seeds without a greenhouse, we reviewed all the supplies that I am using.
Now that we covered both the overview and supplies, let’s talk about how to get yourself organized.
Supplies Needed to Getting Organized Before Starting Seeds
- notebook or journal
- pen or pencil
7 Simple Tips to Getting Organized Before Starting Seeds
The purpose of getting organized is to help you know how many supplies you need and when to start sowing the seeds.
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t organize myself, the task seems daunting.
Laying it all out on paper is really helpful to see what the sowing schedule will look like.
So organizing, journaling and calendaring is a huge help when starting seeds.
Here’s what to do:
- Grab your seed packets, pen and a notebook or a garden journal. Have your calendar handy. (I just use my phone.)
- Organize seed packets by plant.
- I like to make it look like a spreadsheet, so make columns for Days to Maturity, Seed Germination, Sow Date, Flower Color, Overall Size and Amount of Sun. The information can be found on the back of each seed packet.
- In the rows, start with each plant then name each variety underneath.
- Grab the information from each seed packet and drop into your list.
- Calendar the sow dates for each plant and variety. You will need to know your last frost date to calendar this.
- When complete, clean up the list and add to a spreadsheet or garden journal so it’s easy to make changes during the growing season.
After I charted when to start all of my seeds, I noticed my sweet peas are the first seeds to be sown. They need to be started 10-12 weeks before the last frost date. So the earliest I can sow them here in my zone is February 20.
Aren’t they so gorgeous?
In case you want a little more direction about how to organize yourself, check out my FREE Downloadable Printable below.
Next in the series, we’ll cover what you need to know about sowing seeds indoors without a greenhouse and the lessons I learned along the way.
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How to Start Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse Series
- Overview of How to Start Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse
- Supplies for Starting Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse
- 7 Simple Tips to Getting Organized Before Starting Seeds Indoors (you are here)
- What You Need to Know About Sowing Seeds Indoors
- 7 Lessons I Learned Starting Seeds Indoors
- What You Need to Know About Hardening Off Plants
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