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Expected last frost date for 2015:
Expected first fall frost:
 
Crop Number of weeks to start seeds before setting-out / transplant date When to start inside Safe time to set out plants in relation to the frost-free date Setting-out / transplant date Can also be direct planted? Direct Plant
From To From To
Vegetables
Artichoke 8 11/05   Day after last frost 01/01    
Arugula   Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Basil 6 11/19   1 week after last frost 01/07    
Beans   Yes Directly plant outdoors one week after the last frost - 01/07
Beets 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 2 weeks before last frost 12/17   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Broccoli 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 2 weeks before last frost 12/17    
Brussels Sprouts 6 to 8 11/05 11/19   02/04 02/11 Yes 4 months before first fall frost, approximately 09/10
Cabbage 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 4 weeks before last frost 12/03 12/17    
Carrots   Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Cauliflower 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 2 weeks before last frost 12/17 12/31  
Celery & Celeriac 10 to 12 10/08 10/22 1 week after last frost 01/07    
Collards 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 4 weeks before last frost 12/03    
Corn salad/mache 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 3 to 6 weeks before last frost 11/19 12/10  
Corn 2 to 4 12/03 12/17 0 to 2 weeks after last frost 11/19 12/31 Yes Directly plant outdoors one week after last frost, 5/2
Cucumber 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 Anytime after last frost 12/31   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Eggplant 8 to 10 12/31 11/05 2 to 3 weeks after last frost 01/14 01/21  
Fava Beans   Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Kale 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 4 weeks before last frost 12/03   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Kohlrabi 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 4 weeks before last frost 12/03    
Leeks 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 2 weeks before last frost 12/17    
Lettuce 4 to 5 11/26 12/03 3 to 4 weeks before last frost 12/03 12/10 Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Melons 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 2 weeks after last frost 01/14    
Mustard 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 4 weeks before last frost 12/03   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Okra 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 2 to 4 weeks after last frost 01/14 01/28 Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Onions 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 4 weeks before last frost 12/03   Yes Directly plant outdoors during the week of the last frost - 12/31
Parsley 9 to 10 10/22 10/29 2 to 3 weeks before last frost 12/10 12/17  
Parsnips   Yes Directly plant outdoors during the week of the last frost - 12/31
Peas 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 6 to 8 weeks before last frost 11/05 11/19 Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Peppers 8 11/05   2 weeks after last frost 01/14    
Potatoes   Yes Directly plant outdoors during the week of the last frost - 12/31
Pumpkins 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 2 weeks after last frost 01/14   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Radish   Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Soybeans   Yes Directly plant outdoors one week after the last frost - 01/07
Spinach 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 3 to 6 weeks before last frost 11/19 12/10 Yes Directly plant outdoors after 11/16, as soon as soil can be worked
Squash 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 2 weeks after last frost 01/14    
Swiss Chard 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 2 weeks before last frost 12/17   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Tomatoes 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 1 to 2 weeks after last frost 01/07 01/14  
Turnips/Turnip Greens   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Watermelon 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 Anytime after last frost 12/31   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Herbs
Basil 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Anytime after the second set of leaves has emerged     Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Borage   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Chervil   Yes Directly plant outdoors 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost - 12/03 to 12/10
Chives 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Anytime once the plant is 6" tall     Yes Directly plant outdoors 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost - 12/03 to 12/10
Cilantro/Coriander   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Dill   Yes Directly plant outdoors 4 to 5 weeks before the last frost - 11/26 to 12/03
Fennel 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Anytime up to 6" in height. Taller plants may take longer to reestablish themselves     Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Lavender, English 8 to 12 10/08 11/05 Anytime after the last frost date - 12/31 12/31   Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Lemon Balm 6 to 10 10/22 11/19 Up to 4 weeks prior to the last frost date 12/03 12/31 Yes Directly plant outdoors 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost - 12/10 to 12/17
Lovage 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Anytime after the last frost date - 12/31     Yes Directly plant outdoors 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost - 12/10 to 12/17
Oregano 6 to 10 10/22 11/19 Anytime once temperatures remain above 45 degrees     Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Parsley 10 to 12 10/08 10/22 Anytime after the last frost date, 12/31, once plant is 6" tall     Yes Directly plant outdoors 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost - 12/03 to 12/10
Rosemary 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Anytime after the last frost date, 12/31     Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Sage 6 to 10 10/22 11/19 Anytime after the last frost date, 12/31     Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24
Sorrel 6 to 10 10/22 11/19 Anytime after the last frost date, 12/31     Yes Directly plant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks after the last frost - 01/07 to 01/14
Summer Savory Not Recommended           Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Sweet Cicely Not Recommended           Yes Directly plant outdoors in late summer or early autumn
Thyme, Common 6 to 10 10/22 11/19 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost 12/10 12/17 Yes Directly plant outdoors 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost - 12/10 to 12/17
Flowers / Non-Vegetables
Ageratum 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Agrostemma (Corn Cockle)* 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Alyssum Not Recommended           Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Amaranthus 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Ammi (False Queen Anne's Lace)* 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Artemisia (Sweet Annie) 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 12/31 01/01    
Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) 10 to 12 10/08 10/22 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Aster, China 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Bells of Ireland** 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Calendula* 6 to 8 12/31 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Cardoon 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Carthamus (Safflower)* 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Castor Bean 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Celosia 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Centaurea (Bachelor's Button)* 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Chinese Lanterns 8 to 12 10/08 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Coleus 8 11/05   1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Cosmos* 5 to 7 11/12 11/26 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Craspedia (Drumstick Flower) 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Datura (Angel's Trumpet) 8 to 12 10/08 11/05 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost - 01/14 to 01/21 01/14 01/21  
Delphinium 10 to 16 12/31 10/22 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Dianthus (Sweet William) 10 to 12 10/08 10/22 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24 12/17 12/24  
Digitalis (Foxglove) 10 to 16 12/31 10/22 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Eucalyptus 10 to 16 12/31 10/22 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Euphorbia (Snow-on-the-Mountain)* 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Flower Collections & Mixes* 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Forget-Me-Not 8 to 9 10/29 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth) 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Helianthus maximillianii 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Hibiscus 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Hollyhock 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Hyacinth Bean 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Impatiens 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Kale, Ornamental 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Larkspur* 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Lisianthus 12 to 13 10/01 10/08 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Lupine 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 12/17    
Marigold 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Monarda (Bee Balm) 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Morning Glory 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 3 to 4 weeks after the last frost - 01/21 to 01/28 01/21 01/28  
Nigella* 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Phlox** 4 11/19   1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24 12/17 12/24  
Pepper, Ornamental 8 11/05   1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Petunia 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
Polygonum (Prince's Feather) 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
California Poppy* 2 to 3 12/10 12/17 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Corn Poppy* 2 to 3 12/10 12/17 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Iceland Poppy 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Ptilotus 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Salpiglossis (Painted Tongue) 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Salvia 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Sanvitalia 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower) 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Scarlet Runner Bean 2 to 3 12/10 12/17 When soil reaches 60 degrees      
Snapdragon 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Statice 8 11/05   Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Stock 8 to 10 10/22 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Sunflowers* 3 to 4 12/03 12/10 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Strawflower 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Sweet Pea* 4 to 6 11/19 12/03 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24 12/17 12/24  
Thunbergia (Black Eyed Susan Vine) 6 to 8 11/05 11/19 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)* 6 11/19   1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07    
Verbena 8 to 12 10/08 11/05 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Viola (Pansy) 8 to 12 10/08 11/05 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost - 12/17 to 12/24 12/17 12/24  
Yarrow 8 to 12 10/08 11/058 Day after the last frost - 01/01 01/01    
Zinnia 4 12/03   1 week after the last frost - 01/07 01/07   Yes Directly plant outdoors anytime after the last frost - 12/31
* Usually direct-sown, but may be started indoors
** Specifically recommended for direct seeding outdoors
Note: Dates are the same from year to year, but this table requires a year for computation simplicity