When do you plant....?
I know there are tons of charts out there I can consult, but I want to know what YOU all do, especially those in zone 9....
I'm asking b/c I see so many different plant dates and I'm getting confused about whether that's seed starting, or transplanting and if it's transplanting, how big should the plants be at that point.... etc.
For example, I'm already planning my fall vegetable garden. The broccoli seeds say that for my zone I can start planting them July 25, but then the more general guideline says to plant 4-6 weeks before the first frost. Ummm.... that's a 3 month difference in when to plant! So even if I were to start seeds in July, they'd be ready to transplant by mid-September or earlier, so still a whole month off from 4-6 weeks prior to frost.
How do you calculate when to start?
And I have some others that don't have dates on them... When do you start parsley, chamomile, and flowers like marigolds and calendula?