Seed Calendar for MO 6b

Here is where I update and archive our yearly gardening seed calendar for Missouri & Hardiness Zone 6b.
This changes slightly every year depending on the current weather in Missouri.

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Seed Calendar for Missouri 6b

Plant = Plant Name
Seeds = Date that seeds are planted inside unless otherwise noted. 
Transplant = Date that seedlings are planted outside.


Last Estimated Frost Date: April 18

Y’all, I got carried away with seeds this year… Just saying… WOW!

Missouri 6b

Plant | Seeds | Transplant


Artichoke | March 8 |
Amaranthus (Autumn’s Touch) | March 9 |
Amaranthus (Perfecta) | March 9 |
Asclepias (Bloodflower) | March 8 |
Aster (Crego Mixed Colors) | March 29 |
Aster (Starlight Formula Mix) | March 8 |
Bachelor’s Button (Classic Artistic Mix) | April 6 |
Bachelor’s Button (Double Mixed Colors | March 10 |
Basil (African Nunum) | March 9 |
Basil (Dark Opal) | March 9 |
Basil (Genovese) | March 9 |
Basil (Large Leaf Italian) | March 9 |
Basil (Lemon) | March 9 |
Basil (Sweet) | March 9 |
Basil (Sweet Italian) | March 9 |
Basil (Valentino) | March 9 |
Begonia (Viking Red on Chocolate) | March 8 |
Black-eyed Susan | April 6 |

Broccoli (Calabrese) | April 6 |
Broccoli (Rapini) | April 6|
Broccoli (Waltham 29) | April 6 |
Cantaloupe | April 6 |
Carrots (from Atwoods) | April 7 |
Carrots (From Amazon) | April 7 |
Celosia (Dracula) | March 9 |
Chives (Baker Creek) | March 8 |
Chives (NK Lawn & Garden) | March 8 |

Cilantro (Coriander) | April 6 |
Citronella | April 6 |
Coleus (Wizard Mix) | February 18 |
Cornflower (Blue Dwarf) | April 6 |
Cosmos (Daydream) | March 29 |
Digitalis (Excelsior Mix) | March 10 |
Digitalis (Strawberry) | March 10 |
Eggplant | April 6 |
Evening Primrose | April 6 |
Foxglove (Mixed Color Digitalis) | March 29 |
Garlic (I know I planted this late!!) | March 2 |
Habanero Pepper | March 29 |

Hollyhock (Summer Carnival, Mixed Colors) | April 6 |
Johnny Jump Up (Viola/Helen Mount) | April 6 |
Lavender | March 8 |
Leeks | March 9 | April 7
Lupine (Pixie Delight Dwarf) | March 29 |
Lupine (Russel) | March 29 |
Marigold (Jolly Jester) | March 29 |
Marigold (Orange Hawaii) |March 29 |
Marigold (Queen Sophia) | March 29 |
Marigold (Sparky Mixed Colors) | March 29 |
Mint | April 6 |
Mixed Seashell | April 6 |
Nasturtium (Orchid Cream) | March 29 |
Nasturtium (Purple Emperor) | March 29 |
Nemophila ( Five Spot) | April 6 |
Onion | (Sets) March 7 
Onions (Yellow Sweet Spanish) | March 8 |
Oregano (Baker Creek) | March 8 |
Oregano (NK Lawn & Garden) | March 8 |

Ornamental Grass (Pampas) | April 6 |
Pansy (Black King) | March 29 |
Pansy (Brush Strokes Viola) | March 29 |

Parsley (Dark Green Italian Plain Leaf) | February 14 |
Parsley (Moss Curled) | March 8 |
Pepper (Craig’s Grande Jalapeño | February 14 |
Pepper (Orange Bell) | February 14 |
Pepper (Poblano) | February 14 |
Pepper (Rainbow) | March 29 | 
Pepper (Zulu) | February 14 |
Petunia (Sparkler) | March 8
Phlox (Cherry Caramel) | April 6 |
Phlox (Sugar Stars) | April 6 |
Poppy (Amazing Grey) | April 6 |
Poppy (Black Swan) | April 6 |
Poppy (Great Red) | April 6 |
Poppy (Lady Bird) | April 6 | 
Poppy (Park’s Black Peony) | April 6 |
Purple Coneflower | April 6 |
Pumpkins (90-100#) | April 6 |
Pumpkins (129#) | April 6 |
Pumpkins (Small Decorative) | April 6 |
Ratibida (Prairie Coneflower) | April 6 |
Rosemary | March 8 |
Rudbeckia (Marmalade) | April 6 |
Sage (Livingston) | April 6 |
Salvia (Sirius Blue Sage) | February 14 |
Stocks (Anytime Mix) | April 6 |
Sweet William (Singl Mixed Color) | April 6 |
Thyme | April 6 |
Tomatillo | February 18 |
Tomato (Beefsteak) | April 6 |
Tomato (Chocolate Stripes) | February 18 |
Tomato (Green Zebra) | February 18 |
Tomato (Italian Heirloom) | February 18
Tomato (Red Zebra) | February 18 |
Tomato (Roma) | February 14 |
Tomato (Roma) | February 18 |
Tomato (Martino’s Roma) | February 14 |
Tomato (San Marzano) | February 14 | 
Wildflower (Perennial Mix) | April 5 


Cherry Tomatoes | April 10  |  May 16
San Marzano Tomatoes | April 10  |  May 16
Bell Peppers | April 10  |  May 16
Highlander Peppers  | April 10  |  May 16
Marigolds | April 10  |  May 16
Potatoes | May 2 (directly in ground)
Cucumbers | May 31 (directly in ground)
Carrots | May 31 (directly in ground)
Microgreens | May 31 (directly in ground)


Broccoli   |   August 21 | October 11
Kale   |    August 21 | October 11
Onions   |    August 21 | October 11
Brussels Sprouts    |    August 21 | October 11
Garlic | TBA


Artichoke | April 17 | Didn’t sprout
Basil | April 17 | Didn’t sprout
Beans | April 25 (Directly in-ground)
Broccoli   |   March 30 (Directly in-ground) (Didn’t sprout) | April 21 (in trays) (didn’t sprout)
Brussels Sprouts | March 30 (Directly in-ground) (Didn’t sprout) | April 17 (in trays, 2nd attempt) 
Carrots | March 30 (directly in-ground) | April 17 (in trays, don’t do this, but 2nd attempt) | April 25 (directly in-ground 3rd attempt)
Cauliflower | March 30 | (Directly in-ground) (Didn’t sprout) | April 21 (in trays) (didn’t sprout)
Cilantro | April 17 | Didn’t sprout
Corn, Peaches & Cream | April 25 (Directly in-ground)
Cucumbers | April 21 | June 4
Okra | April 21 | June 4
Onions | April 25 (from starts) (directly in-ground)
Parsley | April 17 | Didn’t sprout
Pumpkins | June 4 (store-bought starts)
Rosemary | April 17 | Didn’t sprout
Yellow Squash | April 21 | June 4
Zucchini | April 21 | Didn’t sprout

Bell Peppers | June 4 (store-bought starts)
Corn, Incredible | June 3 (directly in-ground)
Marigolds | June 4 (store-bought starts)
Potatoes | June 4
Tomatoes, Cherry | June 4 (store-bought starts)
Tomatoes, Solar Flair | June 4 (store-bought starts)

Green Beans | August 12 (Directly in-ground)


As the summer draws to a close and fall takes over, it’s finally time to harvest your summer’s hard work in the shape of a pumpkin. I have spent a lot of time this summer researching pumpkins. This is the first year I’ve tried to grow pumpkins. In the past, I’ve dumped pumpkin seeds in a fence row and had voluntary pumpkins grow, but now is time to learn about pumpkins.

I planted 2 types of pumpkins this summer. 

The first was from seed.

When Jody was here helping plant marigolds and my Blackberry Bush, we also planted pumpkin seeds. In the past, I’ve had good luck just throwing pumpkin guts away in the fall after carving jack-o-lanterns. They wind up in a fence row. Come next spring/summer plants start growing. But a pumpkin is 90% water and if you don’t water them in a dry summer, they won’t survive.

The second type of pumpkin was a store-bought plant. I bought it at the local farm store. It was a Bonnie Plant – Pumpkin Heirloom Jack-O-Lantern. (more…)

Sweet Corn vs Field Corn

Isn’t all corn the same? Well, no. Sweet corn is the type of corn that you grow in your personal garden or you buy at the store, Farmer’s Market, etc. Field Corn is what you’ll see in fields as you drive through Nebraska (or Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, etc). You’ll see the Farmer’s out in the field planting with a big planter and harvesting with a combine. The other big difference is when it is peak harvest time.

Similarities and Differences


Planting Blackberry Bushes

This poor blackberry bush kind of became a laughing stock at my house. Why? Well… because, here we are in June and I bought it at the end of April. So what? Well… I just planted it yesterday.

I know, I know. It’s been living in the pot that I bought it in. That’s not a good thing really. The root system gets used to that size and then the plant could be stunted. But I wasn’t really sure where to plant it.

Jody came over yesterday and she and I went around planting stuff. We planted Marigolds in the garden as well as a couple of pumpkin plants. And… we planted the infamous Blackberry Bush. FINALLY. 

Some things to keep in mind when planting a Blackberry Bush: (more…)

Garden #2

Yes, you read that title correctly. I started my first garden in March. It sounded like a good thing… but garden number 2. Now I think I’ve seriously lost my mind. So here’s how we got to this point…

When I finally decided to start a garden, I had 2 places chosen. One was where the original garden went in and the second was this spot.

There were pros and cons to each spot that was chosen.

Original garden

  • Pros
    • Closer to the house
    • Closer to water
  • Cons
    • Less potential space
    • Trees in the yard to contend with

This garden area

  • Pros
    • Larger area
    • Very few items to compete with (i.e. trees)
    • Lots of sunlight
  • Cons
    • Harder to get water to 

Because of this… the other area was chosen. Then, I started to have “issues” getting my corn to grow (or so I thought at the time). So yesterday morning I decided I was going to start a garden in the second location


What Started Out As (Part 2)…

Who would have thought that mowing a lawn would have turned into this?

When we were told to stay indoors and social distance… I felt like I was lucky. I live in the country. I can easily social distance outside… and I’ve done just that. Plus, when you own livestock, you can’t just ignore them! Whew! So I’ve made myself busy this year both by landscaping my house and then moving on to my parent’s house. I did convince my dad to help me. He might not have been as crazy about the idea though. haha.

I really didn’t have much of an idea, but my goal was to clean up my parent’s house and lay mulch like crazy. I love the way the red mulch looks. (more…)

Breaking a Calf to Lead

We’ve been having fun around these parts. When you can’t go anywhere or do anything, might as well make the most of it the best way you can. 

When I was younger, I wanted nothing more than to show at the fair. While I showed horses so I could compete that way, that’s not really the type of horse showing I wanted to do. Plus, it wasn’t the same as if I showed livestock. I had the privilege later in my FFA years to show sheep. And through friends, I learned how to show hogs, goats, and cattle.

I really wanted to show cattle, but it wasn’t in the cards for my family and me while I was growing up. No big deal. And maybe the little won’t want to show cattle. But right now she’s a PeeWee… So we have our bottle calf and we’re going to try and show in the PeeWee show at the fair.

Part of what is required for that is breaking this stubborn calf to lead on a halter and rope. I put stubborn up against stubborn. We’ll see who wins. Wish us luck!! Oh, and hope that we don’t break any toes in the process!


Planting the Garden – Coronavirus Day 42

This weather has been nuts. I swear, it goes along with this year. This year has been nuts. Wow! So weird, in fact I put my sweatshirt on backward this morning. Oy! But, it’s the perfect time to plant a garden since we’re all sitting at home with nothing to do. And that’s just what I did yesterday. I started the garden, planted it once, that didn’t work, so I’ve proceeded to grow seeds in the greenhouse. Update on that to come shortly. But, when the first set of seeds didn’t work, I added more soil, tilled it up a couple of times… AND… now we’re ready! Ready to plant. Except the weather isn’t cooperating.

It has rained at some point every day this week. Yesterday morning included. BUT then…

So first off…

My friend Janet talked about planting corn on her Instagram stories the other day. She mentioned an Earthway Precision Garden Seeder. I went on the hunt to do a little research and kind of fell in love. I was trying to find one locally so that I could get my corn planted… I might be itching to get my corn planted. (more…)

Homeschooling 101: Planting Seeds… Coronavirus Day 38

Once upon a time, we were in a science class in grade school. We planted beans and corn from seed and watch the germination process. Jump forward 20+ some odd years (I don’t know how many) and I decided to do that with the little. It was a time of the Coronavirus Pandemic when schools were closed for the rest of the year and we had to homeschool. And when I say homeschool, our school district wasn’t prepared for that. Eventually, they sent out daily work, that wouldn’t harm the kiddos grade, but would help it should they do it. But after we did that work, we did our own education as well. This time… science.

Since this spring we got into gardening, why not do the germinating thing, right? I had seeds waiting to be planted in the ground. Mainly corn and green beans as I attempted to start other plants in the greenhouse.

Corn prefers to be started directly in the ground. Beans on the other hand don’t mind being started indoors, but in my luck, they still do better directly in the ground. (more…)

Adding Soil/Fertilizer… Coronavirus Day 36

I gave up on the seeds in the ground. Grandma swears I should give it a little more time. And truthfully my dad always says I’m a little impatient… but they’ve been planted since March 30 and here we are April 18th (that was Saturday this all went down) and no signs of anything. The seedlings I planted were for cooler weather. Not cold… there’s a difference. But they prefer the cooler weather of April, May, and possibly June versus the summer heat of July and August.

3 weeks and nothing. So I pulled the tiller out and said screw it. Hubby started “feeling sorry” for me because I really wanted more soil from our manure pile, but we don’t have a front end loader. I wasn’t in the mood to try and bucket it as we did back in March. And truthfully he’d been wanting to rent this machine because it comes with multiple attachments including one to work on the brush in timber. (more…)