Continue to plant cold-season crops such as beets, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, chives, celery, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach, lettuce, turnips, and chard. Planting schedules are designed to calculate the best time to start seeds and plant a garden. Planting time is based on the dates of the first and last frost. For example, if planted in hardiness zone 5, the last frost date is generally between April 1 and April 15, and the first frost date generally falls between October 16 and October 31.These dates will partly determine when is the best time to plant.
From April to July, plant the seeds directly into the ground. This information is important to know when planting direct seeds such as beans, cucumbers, melons, and other crops that germinate in warm soil. Indoor seed starting (in seed trays or starting pots) gives your crops an edge in the growing season, which is especially important in regions with a short growing season. Two of the most important aspects of gardening are knowing when to plant and what to plant in your vegetable or flower garden.
For Almanac's fall and spring planting schedules, we've calculated the best time to start seeds indoors, when to transplant young plants outdoors, and when to direct seeds to the ground. The days to maturity of a crop and the length of the growing season also influence whether you start sowing seeds early indoors or if you sow seeds directly in the ground outside. August August is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be just as productive as major early spring plantings.