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Sowing or buying plants

Some gardeners prefer seedlings so they have more heirloom or specific varieties to choose from. Others simply want to see their plants grow! Know that garden centers offer a wide selection of healthy plants from local producers.

Read our magazine on seedling:

The excitement of new seeds

Seeds are key

When to start indoor seedlings

February is a good time to start planning your sowing and get essential material. But before you put the seeds in the soil, make sure the timing is right for when you will be able to transplant to the garden.

  • Determine when the last frost should be in your area
  • Check the seed packet to know when you can sow
  • Choose the right seeds for your hardiness zone


Indoor seedling

Certain slower-growing fruits and vegetables must be started from seed indoors a number of weeks before being transplanted outside into the vegetable garden.


  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Onions, Green onions, Leeks
  • Hot and Sweet
  • Peppers
  • Thyme


  • Basil
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes

Direct seeding and transplanting

Other can be seeded directly into the garden once all risk of frost has passed.

End of May

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Coriander
  • Turnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes

Beginning of June

  • Cucumbers
  • Squash and melons
  • Beans
  • Zucchinis

Seed selection

Ideally, opt for untreated, organic seeds:

  • without phytosanitary treatment
  • untouched by chemical or synthetic products
  • for delicious results!

Plants to buy

For some varieties of berries and herbs, it is better and easier to get plants from your garden center.


  • Blueberry
  • Haskap
  • Blackcurrant
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Gooseberry


  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary