• Queren King-Orozco

Updated: Mar 2

If you are ready to seed start. You've come to the right place! When I started gardening, I had no idea what I was doing. There was so much to read, and all I wanted to do was to get started. Right away! If that's you, then this planner i created is going to help you get you started.

To figure out dates, for my planner. I use the planting calendar from The Old Farmer's Almanac to keep me organized.

1. First, take an inventory of all the seeds and write them down according to their seed starting date, this will keep you on track and yield a successful amount of seedlings. Time is very important when it comes to gardening, and I wish I had known just how much prepping helps you during the season. I've included spacing amount, this will help you with placement.

2. Once you know what seeds you are starting, you are ready to plan your garden layout. If you are on a raised bed, use the sheet I've provided for this and sketch your heart out! This is my favorite part. If you are not a fan of sketching or drawing, simply write the name of the plant. If you are not on a raised bed, make sure you know your garden size and use the sheet provided for this.

3. Get to seed starting using the dates you have planned out, and be sure you are ready for transplanting by taking care of your plants properly. There are a lot of resources out there, here are a few of my favorites: The Old Farmer's Almanac

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As promised! Here is the Garden Planner:


  • Queren King

There is a general feeling about the New Year, we welcome it with positivity and best intentions. Then the cold settles in, and it is a battle you cannot fight fairly. This is what I thought about winter for years, until I discovered my love for gardening. For me, January is a time of planning and growing. If you are not familiar with garden zones, Kansas ranges from USDA Zone 5a to USDA 6a and 6b.

Meaning January and February are the best times for seed starting. Our last frost date for 2020 is April 21st and our first frost date will be October 13th, meaning we have 174 days of growing! Getting a head start is important and sets us up for a successful growing year. We cannot control how the weather will be, but we can plan as much as possible and having a plan will allow some flexibility.

Once you figure out your garden zone, find out what you would like to grow. I am in zone 6a and I typically grow whatever we love to eat the most, and then I experiment with something new if I know I’m going to have time to experiment. My favorite seeds are from Baker Creed Seeds, Johnny Seeds and Floret Farm. There are many seed companies out there, I always look for those with sustainable practices. Make a list of the items you want in your garden and get your seeds right away. When your seeds arrive, they will have dates on them, and you will know if it is time to start growing them. There are many guides on the internet, but I am a big follower of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

My garden list for zone 6a this year looks like this:

· Broccoli

· Celery

· Brussels Sprouts

· Carrots

· Cucumber

· Lettuce

· Spinach

· Pumpkins / Squash

· Tomatoes

· Strawberries (ordering live plants in February)

· Onion

· Cilantro

· Basil

· Oregano

· Sunflowers

· Poppy

· Celosia

Once I have my list, I search for the specific variety I want to grow! Each variety can be good for a different time of the year or garden zone, allowing me to grow something longer.

*Make sure the seeds you select are in in your garden zone. * You will noticed I didn't buy certain seeds from my list, this is because I already own those seeds. Keeping inventory of what you own is very important.

2020 Varieties:

Organic Seeds from Johnny Seeds:

H-19 Little Leaf

Organic Cucumber Seed


Organic Lettuce Seed

Five Star Grape

Organic (F1) Tomato Seed

Lunchbox Pepper Mix

Organic Snack Pepper Seed

Deep Purple

Organic Onion Seed

$35.39 - free shipping

Heirloom Seeds from Baker Creek

Red rubine brussels sprout

Craig's grande jalapeno pepper

$5.50 – free shipping

Flowers and Pumpkins from Floret Farm

Sunflower Pro Cut White Lite

Ornamental Squash Jarrahdale

Ornamental Squash Fairytale

Celosia Coral Reef

Shirley Poppy Pandora

$23.74 with shipping

There you have it! This is my rough draft! Next, I will draw my garden plot and choose where things will go. Looking forward to sharing the next steps with you.

wishing you a successful gardening year! - Queren


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