Indoor Spring Planting and Transplant Schedule: When to Plant

By Julie Sews - 8:34:00 PM

Soon it's time to start cold season crops indoors. I use to start plants from seed indoors using seed cells with a plastic dome cover on a TV tray by a window.  Good luck with a cat....  So I've been trying to think of a way to grow a lot of plants indoors without my cat getting to them. AKA how to grow plants indoors when you have a frisky cat.  I saw a 4 shelf greenhouse kit on sale at Menard's for $20 and I think this might work in our basement with some flourescent lights underneath, as long as I have the shelves full I think Mr Cat will leave the plants alone.  Has anyone tried any thing like this?  Forums I read said it worked well indoors.

In Minneapolis (Zone 4) our average last known frost according to the Farmers Almanac is April 30 and our last Known Frost Date is May 25.  Our local weather guy Paul Douglas posted about a frost on May 15 2009.  It's good to have a reminder that frost can happen in MN as late as the end of May. The following planting schedule uses the latest known frost date May 25, since we have had such an unusually late and cold spring.  Find out yours and use this Indoor Spring Planting  and Transplant Schedule so you know when to start planting indoors :
  • Broccoli
    •  12 weeks before last frost March 2 in Minn
    •  transplant 5 weeks before last frost April 20 in Minn
  • Cabbage 
    • 12 weeks before last frost March 2 in Minn,
    •  transplant 5 weeks before last frost April 20 in Minn
  • Bok Choy or Chinese Cabbage
    • 5 weeks before last frost plant indoors April 20 in Minn
    • transplant after last frost date May 25 in Minn
  • Parsley
    •  12 weeks before last frost March 2 in Minn
    •  transplant 5 weeks before last frost April 20 in Minn
  • Chives
    • 10 weeks before last frost March 16 in Minn
    • transplant week of last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Cauliflower 
    • 10 weeks before last frost March 16 in Minn
    •  transplant 4 weeks before last frost April 27 in Minn
  • Kale
    • 8 weeks before last frost March 30 in Minn
    • transplant 5 weeks before last frost April 20 in Minn
  • Brussel Sprouts
    • 5 weeks before transplant date May 12 in Minn
    • 90-100 days to first frost June 16 in Minn (first frost Sept 15 in Minn)
  • Eggplant 
    • 7 weeks before last frost April 6 in Minn
    •  transplant 2 weeks after last frost June 8 in Minn
  • Peppers 
    • 7 weeks before last frost April 6 in Minn
    •  transplant 2 weeks after last frost June 8 in Minn
  • Lettuce 
    • 7 weeks before last frost April 6 in Minn
    • transplant 4 weeks before last frost April 27 in Minn
  • Swiss Chard 
    • 7 weeks before last frost April 6 in Minn
    •  transplant 3 weeks before last frost May 4 in Minn
  • Catmint
    • 6 weeks before last frost April 13 in Minn
    •  transplant just after last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Cilantro
    • 6 weeks before last frost April 13 in Minn
    •  transplant just after last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Tomatoes 
    • 6 weeks before last frost April 13 in Minn
    •  transplant just after last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Basil
    • 6 weeks before last frost April 13 in Minn
    • transplant just after last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Arugula
    • 4 weeks before last frost April 27 in Minn
    • transplant week of last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Corn (I know it's not common to transplant Corn, but this forum posting has convinced me to try)
    • 4 weeks before last frost April 27 in Minn
    • transplant 2 weeks after last frost June 8
  • Squash 
    • 2 weeks before last frost May 11 in Minn
    •  transplant just after last frost May 25 in Minn
  • Cucumbers 
    • 1 weeks before last frost May 18 in Minn
    •  transplant 1 week after last frost June 1 in Minn
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