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Spring and Summer Planting Dates

Cool-Season Vegetables

  Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5
Beets Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 5
Broccoli
(plants)
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Feb. 15 Mar. 1 Mar. 10 Mar. 15 Mar. 20
Cabbage,
Collards
(plants)
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Feb. 15 Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Mar. 20 Apr. 1
Carrots
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 15
Cauliflower
(plants)
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Feb. 15 Mar. 1 Mar. 10 Mar. 15 Mar. 20
Chard, Swiss
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 15
Kohlrabi
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 15
Lettuce, head
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 5 Mar. 10
Lettuce, leaf
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 10 Apr. 15
Mustard
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 20
Onions, sets
or plants
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 15
Peas, English
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Mar. 10 Mar. 10 Mar. 15 Mar. 20 Apr. 1
Potatoes,
Irish
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Feb. 15 Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 10 Mar. 15
Radishes
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Apr. 1 Apr. 15 Apr. 25
Spinach
Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
Feb. 15 Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 15
Turnips
Feb. 1 Feb. 12 Feb. 22 Feb. 27 Mar. 3
Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 20



Warm-Season Vegetables

Beans,
snap bush
Mar. 15 Mar. 25 Apr. 4 Apr. 8 Apr. 14
Apr. 15 Apr. 20 May 1 May 1 May 10
Beans,
snap pole
Mar. 15 Mar. 25 Apr. 4 Apr. 9 Apr. 14
Sept. 1 Aug. 15 Aug. 15 Aug. 10 Aug. 1
Beans,
lima bush
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 15 Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Jul. 25 Jul. 15
Beans,
lima pole
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 5 Jul. 20 Jul. 20 Jul. 15 Jul. 5
Corn
Mar. 1 Mar. 11 Mar. 21 Mar. 26 Mar. 31
Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15
Cucumbers
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Sept. 14 Aug. 28 Aug. 21 Aug. 14 Aug. 10
Eggplant
(plants)
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 15 Aug. 10 Aug. 10 Aug. 1 Jul. 15
Musk-
melons
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
May 1 May 1 May 15 May 15 Jun. 1
Okra
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15 Jul. 15
Peanuts
Mar. 15 Mar. 25 Apr. 4 Apr. 9 Apr. 14
May 1 May 1 May 1 May 15 May 15
Peas,
Southern
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 10 Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Jul. 20

Pepper
(plants)

Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 15 Aug. 10 Aug. 10 Aug. 1 Jul. 15
Potatoes,
sweet (plants)
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1
Pumpkins,
Winter Squash
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1
Spinach,
New Zealand
Mar. 15 Mar. 25 Apr. 4 Apr. 9 Apr. 14
Apr. 15 Apr. 15 Apr. 20 May 15 May 15
Squash,
summer
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Sept. 14 Aug. 28 Aug. 21 Aug. 14 Aug. 10
Tomatoes
(plants)
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Aug. 15 Aug. 10 Aug. 10 Aug. 1 Jul. 20
Water-
melons
Mar. 29 Apr. 8 Apr. 18 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
May 1 May 1 May 15 May 15 Jun. 1
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