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Planting Calendar for Huntsville, AL

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The planting calendar below tells you when to plant in the SPRING and also plant in the FALL, based on your zip code or postal code.

Spring Planting Calendar

Our spring planting calendar starts with the very first dates that you can plant (based on the last spring frost). But if you've missed these dates, no worries! This is why we've added "last planting dates" to our spring calendar; this is meant to help new gardeners understand that if they missed the first spring planting window, they could still get crops in the ground.

In fact, many crops with short maturity times (such as radishes) can be succession planted all the way through the summer in northern areas. However, note that some cool-seasons crops such as kale and lettuce do not grow well in hot temperatures, which can cause bolting issues.  For some gardeners, especially in the South, a break to avoid summer heat is needed, but they can start once the heat has passed. 

The dates provided are based on the number of weeks before or after frost, so we can provide a unique calendar to every user in the country. Thus, several crops (especially similar crops) may appear to have the same date. Kale and lettuce, for example, or dates for starting seeds, like broccoli and cabbage. 

Fall Planting Calendar

When we say "fall," we really mean planting in summer in time for a fall harvest. Think of this as a second summer! It's easy to keep the crops going if you've already prepared the soil! 

Many crops that would be started indoors for a spring crop can just be plunked into the soil directly for a fall crop. Not only is the soil already warm but also there are less pests and it tends to be rainier so you don't need to water as often. Some fall vegetables need to be harvested by the first frost, but many are frost-tolerant and even taste better after a kiss of fall frost!

See each plant's individual Growing Guide for more specific planting, plant care, and harvesting information.

Specifically, on the charts, there are different columns labeled as follows:

  1. Start Seeds Indoors: When to sow seeds indoors to get an early start on the season.
  2. Plant Seedlings Outdoors: When to put small seedlings that you grew indoors (OR starter plants that you bought at a garden nursery) in the outdoor soil.
  3. Start Seeds Outdoors: When to plant seeds directly into the outdoor soil.
  4. Last Date to Plant: You may plant any time from the "start seeds" dates until this "last date." Don't wait any longer, or the crop won't have time to get to harvest before fall/winter frosts.

The "Moon Dates" indicate the best planting dates based on Moon phases. You can learn more about this age-old technique below.

When N/A appears in the chart, that starting method is typically not recommended, although it is likely still possible. 

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Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on March 31 (at HUNTSVILLE INTL AP, AL climate station, elevation 623 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Mar 9-24
Frost Mar 2-9
Oct 5
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 26-31
Mar 31
BasilFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Sep 21
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 26-31
Frost Mar 2-9
Moon Mar 2-9
Apr 14
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 20-Feb 3
Moon Jan 20-25
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
N/AAug 10
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
May 12
BroccoliFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 2-9
Aug 31
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 2-9
Jul 27
CabbageFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 2-9
Jul 20
CantaloupesFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Mar 31-Apr 14
Moon Apr 8-14
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Jul 27
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-17
Moon Mar 2-17
Aug 24
CauliflowerFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
N/AAug 24
CeleryFrost Jan 6-20
Moon Jan 11-20
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost Mar 31
Aug 24
ChivesFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Mar 9-17
Frost Mar 9-17
Sep 7
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 31-Apr 14
Moon Apr 8-14
Apr 21
CollardsFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 9-17
Aug 24
CucumbersFrost Mar 9-17
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Aug 24
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 24-Apr 14
Moon Mar 24-25, Apr 8-14
Sep 7
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Jul 27
EggplantsFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
N/AAug 24
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
FennelFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Frost Mar 31-Apr 14
Moon Apr 8-14
Aug 17
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-28
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 24
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 9-17
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Aug 3
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 20-Feb 3
Moon Jan 20-25
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
KohlrabiFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 9-17
Frost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
LeeksFrost Jan 20-Feb 3
Moon Jan 20-25
Frost Mar 9-24
N/AJul 20
LettuceFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 9-17
Frost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 2-17
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Aug 24
OnionsN/AFrost Mar 2-17
Moon Mar 2-17
N/AJul 27
OreganoFrost Jan 20-Feb 17
Moon Jan 20-25, Feb 9-17
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
N/AAug 24
ParsleyFrost Jan 20-Feb 3
Moon Jan 20-25
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost Mar 2-Apr 7
Moon Mar 18-25
Aug 17
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-9
Moon Mar 2-9
Jul 27
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-17
Moon Mar 2-17
Aug 24
PumpkinsFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Jul 20
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-9
Moon Mar 2-9
Sep 7
RosemaryFrost Jan 6-20
Moon Jan 11-20
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
N/ASep 7
SageFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
N/AAug 17
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-17
Moon Mar 2-17
Jul 27
SpinachFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 9-17
Frost Mar 2-9
Apr 14
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Aug 17
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 24-28
Jul 20
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Mar 17-31
Moon Mar 17-25
Frost Mar 9-31
Moon Mar 25
Apr 14
ThymeFrost Jan 20-Feb 3
Moon Jan 20-25
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
N/AAug 10
TomatillosFrost Feb 17-Mar 2
Moon Feb 17-24
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
N/AAug 17
TomatoesFrost Feb 3-17
Moon Feb 9-17
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
N/AAug 3
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 2-9
Moon Mar 2-9
Oct 5
WatermelonsFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Aug 3
Winter SquashFrost Mar 9-17
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Jul 13
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 9-17
Frost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Aug 31

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 2 (at HUNTSVILLE INTL AP, AL climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 14-Oct 19
Moon Sep 14-17, Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 10-Sep 7
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 24-Sep 14
Moon Sep 2-14
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 3-10
Moon Aug 4-10
Frost Aug 24-Sep 7
Moon Sep 2-7
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 13-27
Moon Jul 13-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 3-10
Moon Aug 4-10
Frost Aug 24-31
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 17-24
Moon Aug 20-24
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 27-Aug 3
Frost Aug 10-17
Moon Aug 10-17
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 10-Sep 7
Moon Aug 10-19, Sep 2-7
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 15-29
Moon Nov 16-29
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 17-31
Moon Aug 17-19
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 24-Sep 7
Moon Sep 2-7
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 31-Sep 21
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 24-Sep 7
Moon Sep 2-7
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 31-Sep 21
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 24-Sep 7
Moon Sep 2-7
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 21-Oct 5
Moon Sep 21-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 14-Oct 5
Moon Sep 14-17, Oct 2-5
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 24-Sep 7
Moon Sep 2-7
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 31-Sep 14
Moon Aug 31-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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