Time to Start Seeds Indoors!

I love gardening! I LOVE GARDENING!

In Turkey, it’s easy to find certain vegetables when in season.  They are usually cheap and readily available at all markets and pazars.  But still, there is nothing like a vegetable herb grown in your garden and hand-picked for your meal.

My Sister's Summer Garden with my great-niece

My Sister’s Summer Garden with my great-niece

I don’t have a garden space in Ankara, but I manage to make do with my small balconies.  I also bring seeds back from my travels to the States and Germany.  Last year I grew poblano peppers – something I have never seen in Turkey!

Today, I checked out the The Old Farmer’s Almanac online.  It’s an American favorite.  Sometimes I still miss flipping through the book.  But online, one can customize a planting chart by typing in your location.  It will even email planting reminders if you wish.  The chart shows time to sow seeds indoors and outdoors and when to harvest. Click on this link to see for yourself!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

In Ankara, January and February is the time to start seeds indoors for:

  • Beans
  • Summer Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes

It also time to sow seeds outdoors (directly into the ground – not in pots) for:

  • Beans
  • Beet root
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomato
  • Turnip

Below is the planting chart for Ankara – complete with when to start seeds indoors! Just click the link and a PDF document will pop up.

Best Planting Dates for Seeds

Happy Gardening!

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