How to Plant Vegetables By Calendar


Planting vegetables by the calendar means planting your new vegetable plants or seeds outside at the time recommended by a planting calendar according to where you live. For a planting calendar to be effective, it must be appropriate for your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. Most local county agricultural extension offices in the United States offer a planting calendar specific to your county.

Step 1

Prepare your garden area by removing weeds and adding compost and fertilizer.

Step 2

Obtain a planting calendar from your local county extension office to find the appropriate planting dates for the vegetables you are planting. Look in the phone book under county offices and then under extension office.

Step 3

Plant vegetable plants in the garden during appropriate planting period according to planting calendar. For example, in the southern United States, broccoli and lettuce are planted in the fall. In the northern United States, they can be planted during the summer months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Planting calendars go by the average frost dates, so be prepared to cover tender vegetable plants if you get a late freeze in spring or an early freeze in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening site
  • Planting calendar
  • Vegetable plants


  • USDA Horticultural Zone Map
  • How to Grow Vegetables
  • Find Your County Extension Agent
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.