A guide to when to plant vegetables

The content for ‘A Guide to When to Plant Vegetables’ was prepared by The Garden Glove and has been reviewed and republished by FreshFruitPortal.com.

When you think about planting seeds, it can sometimes be confusing. What should I plant when? Well, the answer is… there are a lot of different answers! What to plant when depends on your location and zone, your weather and your planting method. Some seeds need to be sown early indoors and others can be planted directly in the garden. Here are our picks for seed starting schedules so you know the answer to the question, “When should I plant, what?”

First, some tips from Anne of ‘The Micro Gardener’. She’s compiled a list of garden planting calendars and resources you can’t miss.

When should I plant what

The first thing you need to know is your growth “zone”. In the United States, you can find your zone for your state and region by visiting the “USDA” website. If you need to know your frost dates, you can use this table from “Eating Skills and Self-Sufficiency”.

Table of frost dates

Next, you want a way to keep track of what you plant and a place to keep all printable calendars and resources. I recommend a garden journal. You can buy one at any bookstore or download the free printable garden journal from “About.com” and simply slip it into a binder cover.

Margaret Roach of ‘A Way to Garden’ has a program you can use to help you no matter what area you are gardening in. All you need to know is the approximate date of your last frost. You feed that date into its planting calculator, and it tells you the best dates to plant from seed indoors, or to transplant or plant from seed outdoors. She has both vegetable and flower annuals on her calculator for you. Margaret has been a garden editor for Newsday and Martha Stewart Living.


From ‘Anglican Home’, this vegetable planting cheat sheet gives you information on what to plant when, as well as ideas on container planting and companion planting!

Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet

Many vegetables can be planted for the winter harvest… it’s not just in the spring that these decisions have to be made! ‘Territorial Seeds’ has a Winter Gardening Planting Calendar for a general idea of ​​when to plant for the winter harvest. If you live in a harsh winter climate, check with your local nursery to verify these dates.

When should I plant what?  Seed Start Calendars

So no matter where you live or what you plant, here are the garden planting calendars and resources to get the right plant, in the right place, at the right time! We think you’ll also like our articles on gardening cheat sheets and square foot gardening.

Image credits: The MicroGardener, Food Skills, About, A Way to Garden, Anglican Home, Territorial Seeds

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