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How to Plant Vegetables By Calendar

By Jay Golberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening site
  • Planting calendar
  • Vegetable plants


  • 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.

About the Author


Jay Golberg is a certified Texas nursery professional and professional project manager. He has 30 years of business and farming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in English writing from St. Edward's University and finance from Lamar University.