Knowing the date of the last spring frost in your area and knowing when to expect the first frost of fall are important dates for any gardener. Different vegetables need different conditions to grow their best, and most of these conditions can be determined (within reason) by a calendar. Knowing what date is best for starting seeds indoors and what date is best for transplanting seedlings into the garden can help the backyard gardener to produce a healthy crop of vegetables in the shortest amount of time, and prevent vegetables from being set outdoors either too early or too late.
Decide which vegetables you wish to grow.
Obtain a vegetable growing calendar. These can be obtained from your local nursery or home improvement center, or they can be found online.
Consult your growing calendar and determine the final frost date for your area. Find the vegetables you decided to grow on the calendar and follow instructions for planting, transplanting and harvesting those vegetables. Different vegetables may need to be started or transplanted to the garden on different dates.
Prepare your garden. Loosen the soil and add any required fertilizer or other nutrients and plant (or transplant) your vegetables according to the planting calendar for your location. Water your vegetables well, keeping the ground moist but not soggy.