Knowing Your Seeds
Some seeds can be direct sown, which means they are planted directly in the garden, and more delicate varieties can be started indoors before the weather warms up. Check the directions on your seed packet, as some plants don't like to be disturbed once they are planted, while some are much more amenable to being relocated.
A GOOD RULE OF (GREEN) THUMB
Plant seeds at a depth of 2-3 times the width of the seed. Tiny seeds can be sprinkled on top of the soil.
Get in the ZONE
Be sure to select seeds that prefer your climate. Hardiness zones are based on the average monthly temperature in each area. Seed packets will specify which zone the plants will be hardiest in, so select those best suited to your area.
PEAT POTS can be planted directly into the garden, causing far less shock to the tender seedlings.
These seeds can be planted directly into the ground, even before the last frost.
Check the best planting dates before you start seeds indoors, and be sure not to plant them too early! Most vegetables can be planted about 6 weeks before the last frost.