Start Veggie Seeds Now for a Spring Harvest

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Spring in South Texas starts around February 15th – only 37 days away! We may have a couple more cold snaps ahead of us, but it’s time to start planning our Spring projects and planting veggie seeds. The first day for planting Spring seeds is January 15th give or take a few days. 

Simple Method for Starting Seeds 

I’ve tried a few different methods for starting seeds but have been most successful using a damp paper towel, then folding the seed inside the towel and placing it in a sealable bag or dish. This will create a “mini greenhouse” effect and will help the seed germinate. I leave them in the bag for no longer than 24 hours, then put them into soil. When planting, I make the hole about a fingernail’s depth, gently place the seeds in the hole, and cover lightly with soil. Check out my video demo of this process – quick and easy!

Seeds to Plant in January
  • Tomatoes! 
  • Cold Crops and Greens:  broccoli, cauliflower, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, and mustard greens 
  • Root Crops:  onions, carrots, beets, and potatoes
  • Herbs:  parsley

Check out the full Spring planting guide here

Pro Tip: When planting new seed be sure the soil is wet at the time of planting and always water with a light sprinkle. This will prevent your seeds from washing out of the soil. 


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