April is the best time to plant most vegetable seeds after the last frost. It's not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds yet. Be sure to check your garden area for last frost dates. Planting schedules are designed to calculate the best time to start seeds and plant a garden.
Planting time is based on the dates of the first and last frost. For example, if planted in hardiness zone 5, the last frost date is generally between April 1 and April 15, and the first frost date generally falls between October 16 and October 31.These dates will partly determine when is the best time to plant. In milder regions and areas with sandy and light soil, March is the time when you can start sowing some vegetable seeds outdoors. Sandy beds will benefit from the addition of organic matter to help the soil retain moisture.
In colder regions and areas with heavy clay soils, outdoor planting may be a little later, explains gardening expert Leigh Clapp. Sow the seeds in pots or seed trays and place them in a warm propagator at 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C) or on a sunny window sill covered with a plastic bag. Spinach is a cool-season crop that can easily turn into seeds in the heat, so it's best to grow seeds in early spring, as well as late summer and early fall. A vegetable calendar is a good place to start planning an orchard, as it will help you know when to buy seeds so you don't miss out on growing your favorite vegetables, as well as helping you organize crop rotations on your plot.
Two of the most important aspects of gardening are knowing when to plant and what to plant in your vegetable or flower garden. To keep the information correct, write down your ideal planting day for each seed on a sticky note, attach it to the individual package, and arrange the seeds in chronological order in a card file. While you can buy seedlings and plug plants from garden centers and online suppliers, planting vegetables from seed is the most economical way to grow products, plus it also offers the opportunity to try all kinds of different vegetable varieties. To prepare for the seed start, go to the stores and buy enough suitable growing mix, seed trays, and peat pots (or any other method you plan to use).