Planting Calendar: When To Plant Seeds In Your Garden

For zone-specific seed planting instructions, we suggest using the Farmers' Almanac Vegetable Planting Calendar to know when to plant seeds in your garden. The gardening experts at The Old Farmer's Almanac have done the homework for you! Their planting tool is personalized down to your zip code, pulling from a database of thousands of weather station reports, and using the "days until harvest" for the most popular vegetables grown in the home garden. Then, they determine when to sow indoors, transplant, and plant seeds outdoors based on what's best for each vegetable. The planting calendar will tell you the earliest dates to plant vegetables in the spring and the last dates that you can plant for a fall harvest, based on average frost dates for your specific location. All you have to do is enter your location and click the button, "Get Planting Calendar." 


Back to Eden Gardening is a wood chip gardening technique that uses wood chips to regenerate the soil, grow healthy plants, and nutrient-dense food. Planting seeds in a wood chip mulched garden is easy and does not involve preparing the soil by tilling or digging. The goal is to temporarily pull back any coarse wood chips from the row where you are planting seeds to expose the soil beneath the wood chips. 

This article teaches how to plant seeds directly into your soil or compost -- this is the layer directly underneath your wood chip mulch. 


Dana Richardson

Article written by Dana Richardson. Dana is a gardener and documentary filmmaker. She has been growing organic, no-till vegetable gardens for over a decade using the Back to Eden Gardening principles. Her passion is to empower people to grow their own food and inspire more sustainable living through video, photography and writing. 

Article photography by Dana & Sarah Films. All Rights Reserved. 

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