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Time to prepare for seed planting

In Ohio, the time to start your seeds for some of your garden plants is the first week of February. The folks from Life From the Ground Up in Cleveland, Ohio are offering a seed calendar to help gardeners know when to start plants.

Seed calendar's are the best way to stay organized when preparing your garden. One of the most important dates for you to know as a gardener is the expected last date for frost. In Ohio, the Farmer's Almanac says Apr. 13, 2014, is the estimated last date for frost.

Planting dates can be affected by length of day, soil temperatures, the altitude and slope of land and nearby water. Start choosing your plants have a long growing season and start them indoors according to the Ohio State seed starting calendar.

The Almanac says to prepare your garden journal as follows Start a garden record book now, record the dates of first and last frosts, seed-planting dates, transplanting, time of bloom, first fruit, fertilizing, problems with pests, and what worked and didn't work. Over the years, this will be a useful record for growing your own foods.

Martha Stewart's video above shows how to save seeds in a catalog system for planning next years garden. Always keep your seeds dry and in a cool, dark place until planting time.

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