Already Thinking of Spring

With my garden still looking like this, it’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about Spring planting. Where have the leisurely winter days gone??

In my area (I’m in zone 7) January is the month to start seed flats of cabbage, collards, cauliflower and broccoli. I haven’t started my seeds yet, but I plan on doing most of them either by the 2nd week in the the month, or early February. Generally you need to start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting.

  • Cabbage plants can be transplanted here from Feb. 1 – April 1 (though some farming friends of mine recommend transplanting seedlings in March); or direct seed cabbage (planted directly into the garden) from Dec. 1 – March 15.
  • Collards can be transplanted in March.
  • Cauliflower plants should be transplanted in early March; seeds can be directly sown from Feb. 1 – Mar 1.
  • Broccoli plants can be transplanted mid March; broccoli seeds can be direct sown Dec. 1 – March 15.

I’ll probably just try cabbage and broccoli this season. I don’t ever eat collards, and we really eat broccoli a lot more often than cauliflower.

You can find out when you should be planting what in your area with a simple internet search.

If you’ve never had a garden before, this is your year to give it a shot! Don’t procrastinate though, planting times sneak by quickly if you aren’t paying attention. Make a plan, find out what needs to be planted when, and have a planting calendar printed out and ready to use.

Let’s see how great we can make this gardening year! Whose with me?

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. I SOOO want a garden, but I have zero experience, work full-time, and am generally an AC baby mid-May through October as a transplant to the heat of Texas. I love fresh veggies, though! We have space – a field. But I really am lost as to the preparation, what the needs are, how to care for a garden, etc… Is there a gardening for dummies book?! BTW – I am so glad I found your blog! Am learning a lot and am inspired!!! Thanks!

  2. I’m with you Kendra! Ordering my seed today. We can’t plant until April up here, but I’m still gearin’ up. I can hardly wait.

  3. Thanks for the reminder Kendra! I definitely want to give Broccoli a try this year- our friends grew some last year and the homegrown can not even begin to compare with store bought. I just need to figure out when is a good time to plant it where I live.

  4. I just got a half dozen catalogs in the mail before Christmas. Holy moly, it’s already that time of year again.
    In years past I’d had my graph paper all filled out with what goes where in all the different sized plots, and end up on version 4 by planting time.
    This year? I barely managed to plant garlic before the super hard frost – hope I put it in a decent enough place that it won’t react with other veggies. I’ve scribbled down a tentative list of things to shove into each bed, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

    Having a spring baby though… I have May and June babes… planting/weeding/harvesting the garden is much, much more challenging those years. Slightly easier than a winter baby (who is more awake come planting time!), but still. Probably just me though – everybody else seems to get much more done than I can. Even now much of my day is spent feeding children and making sure naps are taken by 2-3 of them.

  5. Funny you should bring it up because I just got my Seed Savers Exchange catalog in the mail and have already highlighted and bookmarked all kinds of pages in it 😉 I’m ready to place my order now…

  6. I’m with you, Kendra!!! I’m already looking forward to what to grow, when to plant it, when to start our indoor seeds, how much to grow for canning, etc…..but then again, it is -5* here today in good old Minnesota! And now that my kids are bigger they can be more involved! Best of luck on your gardens especially with the little one coming this spring!

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