Indoor Seed Sowing Calendar

Warm seedlings and a hot cat

In the Atlanta area our last frost date is around April 15 so we have to count back to figure out when to sow seeds indoors to get a jump-start on the growing season.  Here is a seed sowing calendar to help you get plants ready for when the weather warms up.

12 Weeks before last frost
January 22

begonia, browallia, geranium, larkspur, viola, pansy, vinca


11 Weeks before last frost
January 29

Dianthus, petunia, portulaka, verbena, onions, celery, celeriac


10 Weeks before last frost
February 5

heliotrope, candytuft, primula, leek, early greens (to be planted out in the coldframe or greenhouse beds),  snapdragon, stock

9 Weeks before last frost
February 12

delphinium, chamomile,  parsley, Greek oregano, impatiens, rudbeckia, early lettuce, kale, escarole, thyme


8 Weeks before last frost
February 19

pepper (78*F), shallot, eggplant, basil, cherry tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, columbine, dahlia, phlox

7 Weeks before last frost
February 26

large tomato varieties, alyssum, cleome, salvia horminum, lavatera, ageratum, celosia

6 Weeks
March 4

zinnia, more lettuce, radicchio, marigold, aster, balsam

5 Weeks before last frost
March 11

bachelor’s buttons, agastache, sweet pea, calendula, centaurea

4 Weeks before last frost
March 18

sanvitalia, cabbage, morning glory, nicotiana,  nigella, phlox, phacelia

3 Weeks before last frost
March 25

morning glory, nasturtium, cosmos, melon, cucumber, squash, more lettuce


Be sure to read the seed packet when starting seed as some need light to germinate while others can be covered, some need at least 78* F to germinate while others only need 65* F.  By following the instructions closely you are that much closer to being rewarded with healthy, strong plants ready to beautify your landscape and provide you with wholesome homegrown vegetables.

Seed Exchange


This is the time of year to collect seeds to share with your fellow Master Gardeners in our yearly Seed Exchange.

What to do:

  1. Collect seed
  2. Dry seed
  3. Store dried seed in paper envelopes, labeled
  4. e-mail Jane Burke with a list of what seeds you have to share (see Kathy’s weekly e-mails for the address)

Once I know what everyone has to share I will e-mail you the list and you can pick what you want.  You will receive a list of the seeds people want from you and how many packets of each to make up.  You have to offer seed to be able to request seed.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How many seeds per packet?  A:  As many as you would like to provide.  If you only have a few and several people want what you have, you could provide as few as 10 seeds per packet.  If you have a whole bunch to share, go ahead and give them a bunch.
  2. What must go on the label?  A:  The common name, botanical name plus variety if possible, flower color, if it is for Sun or Shade and the year the seed was collected.  That is the MINIMUM required.  If you want to provide more information please go ahead.
  3. How many different kinds of seed can I request?  A:  If you only have 3 kinds of seed to share but would like 6 different kinds in return, go ahead and request all 6, or 10 or however many kinds you would like.
  4. How many packets of each type of seed must I make?  A:  You only have to make up individual seed packs once the requests go out.  If you get 3 requests for a certain seed type then you only make up 3 packets of that kind of seed.



Now – Collect and dry seed now.  E-mail Jane Burke with a list of what you have to share (see Kathy’s weekly e-mails for the address).  Provide the MINIMUM information mentioned in point 2. of the FAQ above.  An Excel spreadsheet would be appreciated but is not required.

October 31, 2011 – last chance to participate in the Seed Exchange by submitting a list of what you have to share


November 1, 2011 – the list of what is available will be e-mailed to you.  You can put in your request of what you would like as soon as you are ready.  You have TWO WEEKS to put in your request.  After November 15 requests will not be accepted.

November 21, 2011 – bring seed packets to the November Master Gardener monthly meeting

December 19, 2011 – bring seed packets to the December Master Gardener monthly meeting

January 16, 2012 – pick up your seed at the Master Gardener monthly meeting


February 16, 2012 – Last chance to pick up your seed at the Master Gardener monthly meeting

Master Gardener Apron

Our first new logo item is this wonderful high quality three pocketed bib apron with adjustable neck.  Bright red fabric made by Fame is known for its durability and ease of washing.  The logo is embroidered in black.  You can customize your apron more by adding your name.  You will be easy to  identify as a Gwinnett Master Gardener at any Master Gardener event – it could be an Ask the Master Gardener clinic or helping out at one of our fundraisers, such as the Plant Sale or Garden Tour.

Of course, you can also wear your apron in the garden where it will hold some tools, pens/pencils, tags and plastic ties.

The aprons will sell for $19 with the embroidered logo.  Extra large size available for $4 more.  Your name is an additional $6.

Perhaps one for events and one to work in!  Think about ordering some for friends as well.

Sales begin at our August meeting.  (cash or check please)

Quick Overview

•Two piece neck adjustment slider.
•Three divisional pouch pockets.
• Fabric is 7.5 oz. ultra-durable 65/35 poly-cotton twill.
• Size 24″ Length x 28″ Wide

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Harvesting chive blossoms


White wine vinegar
Chive flowers removed from stalks

Pour vinegar into jars

Wash flowers, spin or shake off excess water and let dry outside for about an hour (on top of the refrigerator will also work if it is cold or rainy outside).  Water on the flowers will cloud the vinegar so take time to make sure they are perfectly dry.

Stuff flowers in a clean canning jar and pour in boiling vinegar to cover.  You may have to use a spoon to push the flowers down as they float to the top.  Secure the lid while the vinegar is still hot.

Place the jar in a dark, cool place, like in a pantry, for at least two weeks.  Strain the flowers out using several layers of muslin cloth.  Be sure to get all the flower pieces out.

Use on salads, as a marinade or anywhere you would use flavored vinegar.

Chive Blossom Vinegar