Local Gardening Calendars & Planting Schedules

calendar-aprilHelp New Urban Food Gardeners know when to do what. Frost dates and other variables make gardening time sensitive. Each location has its own ground rules for when to start seeds, when to plant seedlings, how to harden off, preparing the soil, and even illegal plantings. We can create a data base of location-specific dates. It would be especially helpful to have dates rather than months, feet and inches rather than “close” or “far apart”, and clarity about indoor seed starting versus outdoor sowing.

Here are some examples:

National Zone-Based Planting Schedules

  1. http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/planting-schedules
  2. OR http://www.2bseeds.com/plantingschedule.shtml
  3. OR http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/planting-schedules
  4. OR NEW this Radically Simple all-in-one chart, Clyde’s Garden Planner: http://cdmplanning.hypermart.net. You can also visit the slideshow for seeing how Radically Simple this planner is:
    http://cdmplanning.hypermart.net/GardenPlannerSlides.pdf. GrowfoodatHome will issue an official review by May.

State Specific Gardening Calendars

  1. An impressive site that plots registered small gardens on a map. Register and then see a customized planting schedule. Visit the World Food Garden website at http://www.worldfoodgarden.org.
  2. A link to an Illinois food gardening calendar: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gardencal/february.html
  3. A link to a Middle Georgia food gardening calendar: http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/L174.htm (consider Middle Georgia as a belt across the state from Columbus through Macon to Augusta)
  4. A link to a greater Kansas City metropolitan area gardening calendar: http://www.savvygardener.com/Features/veg_garden_calendar.html
  5. A link to Maricopa County’s (Arizona) gardening calendar: http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs//garden/az1005.pdf.
  6. A link to a food garden calendar for Austin, Texas: http://www.main.org/aog/plantcal.htm
  7. Al ink for Missouri: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/agguides/hort/g06201.pdf.

Variety-Based Planting Schedule for Zones 4 to 7

  1. A link to a site focused on flavorful varieties for USDA zones 4 to 7 (a bit general for our New Urban Food Gardeners, but a contributor could suggest how to adjust the dates for each zone  (4, 5, 6, and 7) http://growingtaste.com/calendar.shtml

Frost-Date Based Planting Schedules

  1. A link to a customizable garden calendar where users can access their frost dates and have the site create a calendar based on those frost dates: http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/main/weather.asp (not all states or towns are in the database).

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3 responses to “Local Gardening Calendars & Planting Schedules

  1. WOW!!!
    This $5 slide chart exemplifies a Grow Food At Home Radically Simple Gardening How-To:


    “Clyde’s Slide Chart”, schedules the plantings for 25 vegetables. Click on his video link to see how simple it is.

  2. Pingback: When to start seeds indoors. « Grow Food at Home - Think Tank for Simple How-To’s

  3. I found this great about.com article written by Marie Iannotti, a gardening coach – http://gardening.about.com/mbiopage.htm:

    “When should you start seeds indoors? That depends on the type of seed and the last expected frost date for your area. Frost dates are averages and are given as a range of dates. Once you know your last expected frost date, your seed package should tell you how many weeks ahead you should start the seeds. Count back from the last expected frost date for each type of seed you are planting and you’ll have a planting schedule.

    If you live in Zone 6 (Frost Free Date Range March 30 – April 30) and you want to plant broccoli, which should be started 5-7 weeks before the Frost Free Date, count back 7 weeks from March 30th to February 9th. That’s the earliest you should consider starting your broccoli seeds. If it seems like it will be an early spring, go ahead and start planting then. However, you would probably be better off averaging the dates to April 15th and counting back from there. Holding the seedlings for a couple of weeks before transplanting won’t be as stressful on them as holding them for an entire month.
    Last Expected Frost Dates by Zone

    * Zone 1: June1 – June 30
    * Zone 2: May 1 – May 31
    * Zone 3: May 1 – May31
    * Zone 4: May 1 – May31
    * Zone 5: March 30 – April30
    * Zone 6: March 30 – April30
    * Zone 7: March 30 – April30
    * Zone 8: February 28 – March 30
    * Zone 9: January 30 – February 28
    * Zone 10: January 1 – January 31
    * Zone 11 Frost Free Year Round

    If you are not sure of your Zone or wnat more specifics on your Frost Free Date, check the USDA Hardiness Zone Map or contact your local Cooperative Extension. Here’s a list of commonly planted flowers, vegetables and herbs and how many weeks before that Last Frost Date to start them.


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