Garden Planting Guide: When to Plant Seeds and Seedlings for Your Region

Our handy regional garden planting guide will help you figure out when to plant seeds and seedlings this spring. Fill out our easy garden worksheet to get started!

| March/April 2012


Photo By posh/Fotolia

Now is the perfect time to plan your greatest garden ever, and one of the best ways to ensure success is to plan ahead about when you’ll plant what. Some plants thrive in cooler soils, while others will only think about growing when it’s warmer. It’s important to plant your garden seeds and transplants at the right time so they can benefit from appropriate temperatures. New gardeners may want to begin by using purchased seedlings from a garden center or mail-order company, while those with proven green thumbs often like to start seeds indoors in advance of the garden season. Either way, this handy Spring Garden Worksheet will help you put the right plants into the ground at the right time.

Spring Garden Planting Guide

Step 1: Determine your last spring frost date 

To estimate your date, use the range of dates on the map in the Image Gallery above. For a more precise date that takes microclimates into consideration, visit the National Climatic Data Center. (Your best bet is to choose their listing of a 90 percent probability of a freeze-free period.)

The spring frost-free date in my garden is ___________.

Step 2: Calculate planting dates 

If you want to start with seedlings: 

5/12/2014 8:13:00 PM

This always seems to help also and I'll take any little bit help I can take!

5/12/2014 8:09:13 PM

Nice tips about starting seed. My biggest failing is planting too soon or too late, so this is a good reminder. If you’re too soon though, I find putting some plastic sheeting over outdoor plantings can make a big difference and correct for not planting at the proper time. Have fun everyone!

nathan reeves
2/15/2014 10:47:59 AM

gina marue
3/28/2013 10:56:36 PM

I live in NJ, the great garden state. I started my seedlings in the aero grow garden a week ago with the grow sponges and I cannot believe that nearly all of my plum tomatoes, watermelon and cilantro seedlings are about an inch high. I use distiller water and they grow,great. I grew them this way last year too and I was amazed at watching their daily growth. By May 15-20, we should be able to transplant them in our garden. Good luck everyone and enjoy your home grown organic produce. Can't wait for my 20-30 raspberry bushes to bloom, actually twice once in the summer and again in the fall.

marsha scott
2/22/2013 10:55:42 PM

The link worked great for me and very fast.

daniel garber
2/21/2013 5:40:43 PM

The worksheet link does work, just took along time to load. I love the picture with the starter plants! I use those popsicle sticks all the time.

2/21/2013 4:07:00 PM

It works just fine for me....

michele bilka
2/4/2013 9:11:28 PM

DITTO!!!! Come on MEL fix this.

david spinniken
12/31/2012 4:49:37 PM

That is a frustration - I'm going to the Mother Earth News site for the worksheets. Bye for now!

grace chang
12/29/2012 3:12:01 AM

The Spring Garden Worksheet and other worksheets are not working. An error comes up.

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