Starting seeds indoors is a rewarding gardening project! You can grow your own plants by starting seeds indoors before the growing season really gets started. A pack of seeds costs just a few dollars or less and you can grow many great plants from each pack. In the NC Piedmont region, which includes Raleigh, February & March are great months to start your cool weather vegetable seeds. These cool weather loving veggies are able to jump start your vegetable growing season and extend the harvest of delicious veggies from your home garden! In March you can begin to start your warm season vegetables indoors, like tomatoes & peppers. We carry conventional seeds as well as organic, heirloom and non-GMO seeds from companies like Baker Creek & Botanical Interest. Make sure to shop for seeds early to get the best selection! For seed starting tips see our article here.
Seeds to Start for Early Spring Planting
Seed Starting Dates
|Beets||Feb. 15th – April 1st|
|Broccoli||Dec. 1st – Mar. 15th|
|Cabbage||Dec. 1st – Mar. 15th|
|Carrot||Feb. 1st – Mar. 1st|
|Cauliflower||Feb. 1st – Mar. 1st|
|Endive||Feb. 1st – Mar. 15th|
|Kale||Feb. 15th – April 1st|
|Kohlrabi||Feb. 15th – April 15th|
|Lettuces||Feb. 15th – April 1st|
|Mustards||Feb. 1st – April 1st|
|Garden Peas||Feb. 1st – Mar. 1st|
|Radish||Feb. 1st – April 15th|
|Rutabaga||Feb. 1st – April 1st|
|Spinach||Feb. 1st – Mar. 15th|
|Turnip||Feb. 1st – April 15th|
Seeds to Start for Spring & Summer Planting
Seed Starting Dates
|Cucumbers||Mar. 22nd- April 15th|
|Eggplant||Mar. 1st- April 15th|
|Melons||Mar. 22nd- April 15th|
|Peppers||Mar. 1st- April 15th|
|Squash||Mar. 1st- April 15th|
|Tomatoes||Mar. 1st- April 15th|
If you didn’t get a change to start your plants we have lots of cool-weather plants for sale at the garden center starting in late February. Warm season veggie plants – like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are available in April.
February is also the month to plant your onion sets and Irish potatoes outside. Onions can be planted in early to mid February while potatoes should be planted toward the end of February.
In March you can still plant potatoes and onions as well as garlic and asparagus!
New Seeds we love:
Snack-sized carrot with tender, sweet flavor. It’s shallow roots make it perfect for containers or heavy soils.
Brilliant. Unique. Healthy. When you steam, roast, or stir-fry these carrots, the contrast intensifies between the brilliant red outer layer and the bright orange inner core. High-lycopene variety.
A mix of Dwarf Blue Curled, Improved Dwarf Siberian, Lacinato, Premier, and Red Russian that gives you a variety of colors, textures, sizes and flavor.
A sprouting broccoli with multiple shoots instead of one head. Good heat tolerance and unlike other broccolis can be grown through the summer. The purple florets make this broccoli extra unique! A beautiful addition to a vegetable platter.
This Swiss chard has large leaves with meaty white stems. Long growing season. Packed with vitamins and minerals.
Large gourmet radish that is 3″ in diameter with a rosy red interior. Sweet flavor and tender, crispy texture.