Before you start, here are some good things to know:
- Our region's (mid-atlantic) last frost date is approximately May 15, so read your seed packets to determine when to start your seeds. Check the Farmer's Almanac for your region's last frost date.
- Some seeds are better sown directly into the soil, like radishes, but many others will appreciate the head start indoors like tomatoes and peppers. Try this handy growing calculator to learn more about timing seeds.
- Don't forget seeds are a great way, sometimes the only way, to grow the more unusual vegetables and flowers you won't find at the local garden center or big box store.
- Sowing seeds is a wonderful way to introduce children to the joys of gardening and give them an appreciation of where food comes from.
by Louise D. Clarke, Morris Arboretum horticulturist