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Planting Dates

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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Rows of bagged items line the shelves in a store.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens May 10, 2021

With the summer season fast approaching, I’ve been getting questions about fertilizing, primarily concerning the types of fertilizer and how much to use.I’m glad to get these questions because garden and landscape plants need fertilizer to keep them healthy and growing. Fertilizing at planting helps trees, shrubs and flowering plants get established. It also promotes shoot and root growth, flowering, and optimum fruit and vegetable harvest.

A basket holds an assortment of red, yellow and green peppers.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens May 3, 2021

The month of May signals that it’s time for me to start planting culinary peppers in my home garden.

Freshly mowed lawn.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Plant Diseases, Trees, Vegetable Gardens April 29, 2021

As warmer weather creeps in, many people find themselves spending more time outdoors and working in their yards. If you’re like me, you’ve probably made a trip or two to your local garden center looking for plants and other garden necessities. After reading over May’s garden checklist, it looks like you may need to make a few more trips. Here are some tasks to check off this month. 

Plants grow from wooden boxes that have an overhead, curved pipe system.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens April 28, 2021

Mississippi’s long growing season means potential gardeners have until at least July to start growing vegetables, but the state’s ideal gardening climate also means weeds and pests are constant threats. Gardeners often grow flowers in containers to add pops of color and spots of greenery in otherwise unworkable areas, and they can be equally successful using containers to grow vegetables.

A single, green cucumber hangs on a vine.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens April 5, 2021

If you read this Southern Gardening column frequently, you realize that I grow much more than pretty flowers in my home garden. Besides ornamental plants, I love to grow vegetables that my wife and I can enjoy for dinner.

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