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Hi Pam: You can start as soon as the ground can be tilled and the last frost has come and gone. Usually, in Michigan, it's around Mother's Day - mid-May. You can start the plants inside with seeds, I'd start them around the end of March. If you eat eggs, you can plant your seeds in the egg shells, put them in the carton, and you will have a handy holder for 12 plants that are easily moved:) And, when you go to transplant them, just crumble the shell and plant shell and all. Till the ground at least 6 or 8 inches deep, dig some holes, water the holes, put in some plant food and then your plants. If you have plastic bottles from water, cut off the skinny top and the bottom, poke some holes in the sides and put this in the ground with about 1/2 of the bottle sticking up, fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way with dirt and put your plants in this. Leave about 1" at the top without dirt so that when you water, the water will stay in the bottle. The roots can grow out of the bottom and/or sides. Good luck.
Peggy, you have to wait until the soil starts to warm up in the spring. I don't know what zone you live in, so here's several videos that might help you.