How to Plant Vegetable Seeds Outside


There are few things more enjoyable than starting a crop of vegetables from seed as the seasons turn. The earth begins to bloom, and your tiny sprouts bloom with it, growing into full, ripe tasty veggies. Follow proper planting techniques to ensure a bountiful harvest.

Step 1

Find out your USDA zone. Look at a USDA zone chart or click on the link below and put in your ZIP code to find the zone in which you live.

Step 2

Plant your vegetables at the appropriate time for your zone. The best time to plant a vegetable will vary greatly depending on your zone. For example, beets can grow as early as February in zone 10, but may have to wait until June in zone A1.

Step 3

Use a stick or your finger to poke rows of holes in the ground. The holes should be the appropriate depth for the vegetable, and spaced the correct distance apart. Your seed package should tell you how deep to plant and how far to space.

Step 4

Water the soil lightly if it is extremely dry and powdery. Otherwise, skip this step.

Step 5

Plant two or three seeds in each hole. If the seed package instructs you to plant a different number, follow those instructions.

Step 6

Cover the seeds with dirt gently. Tamp down the earth lightly with your hands.

Step 7

Water the seeds with a mister or a watering with small holes. Do not use anything that creates a powerful stream, since this will erode your seeds.

Step 8

Thin your seeds in about three weeks by cutting back the weakest-looking sprouts from each hole with scissors. You should have only one plant in each spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Stick
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Mister
  • Watering can
  • Scissors


  • Planting Vegetable Seeds
  • When to Plant Vegetable Seeds

Who Can Help

  • USDA Zones By Zip Code
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