I’m thinking spring these days, but not because I have cabin fever.  I’ve got spring fever because it is time to start planning for (1) early-growing cool season garden plants and (2) warm season veggies that take forever and a month to grow into good sized transplants.  That being the case, here are a few veggies you might want to consider starting indoors by late February to mid-March, or whenever the seed packet recommends – wooohooo!

  • Cabbage family members: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower.  These family members are poor performers in hot weather so they must be started early and transplanted to the garden during cool spring days.

starting from seed

  • Allium family members: leeks and onions.  Grown from seeds, onions and leeks take a long time to grow to maturity so start them early indoors.

things to start from seed

  • Solanaceous family members: Eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.  Perhaps this one surprises you?  Yes, these are all warm season veggies but yes, they also take a long time to grow from seed to sturdy transplant.  Because these plants fall under ‘takes forever and a month’ category, it is a good idea to get them started indoors early too – as the seed packet recommends – but likely by mid-March for certain varieties.

potted starts

So have fun, get growing, and see you in the spring! 

For more information on seed starting indoors, check-out this fact sheet and for more information on growing veggies in the garden, check-out our vegetable and herb fact sheets.