• Abby Formanack

Seeds to Start in March ~ Zone 4a Wisconsin



If you are on any form of social media ~ it can be so difficult to wait for the proper time to start seeds, because all of our southern friends are already enjoyig getting their hands into the soil. Here in Western Wisconsin we still have a few months before it will be safe to plant our beloved seedlings into the ground. If you are new to gardening, with most crops you need to wait until after the threat of frost to get them out in the ground.....there are a few exceptions...but more on that another time. Finding out what growing zone you are in will help you determine what plants will return the next year as a perennial. If you are not Zone 4a you can find that out HERE. While you have your browser open go ahea and find out what your suspected last frost date is as well.


Our last frost date is usually right around my birthday, May 23rd, so Happy Birthday!! There is no better gift than to finally get to play in the dirt. When you have your last frost date handy, then you can figure out what seeds you need to start indoors, early. I am going to share what and when I start different crops. Keep in mind, there is no one way to garden, maybe you have started different plants at a different time than me with great success ~ Aweome, keep doing what you are doing. I will share what works for me and our garden!




Here is what I am planting in March!


11-12 Weeks Before Last Frost

( March 1-14th>> **These dates are for my specific area, adjust to your last frost date!**)

  • Onions

  • Leeks

  • Brussel Sprouts

  • Celery

  • Mint

  • Thyme

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Viola

  • Pansy

10-9 Weeks Before Last Frost (March 15-28th)

  • Peppers

  • Tomatoes

  • Eggplant

  • Sage

  • Marigold

  • Calendula

8 Weeks Before Last Frost (March 29- April 4)

  • Cabbage

  • Cauliflower

  • Kale

  • Swiss Chard

  • Zinnia



Happy Planting Friends! Comment below and tell me what your favorite thing to start is, or if this is your first year ~ what are you most excited about growing?

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