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Planting Calendar for Higganum, CT

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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-season 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 April 23 (at HARTFORD BRAINARD FLD, CT climate station, elevation 19 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 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
Sep 22
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Apr 23
BasilFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Sep 8
BeetsN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
Moon Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
N/AJul 28
Bok ChoyFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Jun 4
BroccoliFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
Aug 18
Brussels SproutsFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
Jul 14
CabbageFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
Jul 7
CantaloupesFrost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 30-May 7
Moon May 7
Jul 14
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
Aug 11
CauliflowerFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
N/AAug 11
CeleryFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
Frost Apr 23
Moon Apr 23
Aug 11
ChivesFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Aug 25
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
May 14
CollardsFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Aug 11
CucumbersFrost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Aug 11
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 16-May 7
Moon Apr 16-23, May 7
Aug 25
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Jul 14
EggplantsFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
N/AAug 11
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
FennelFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 30-May 7
Moon May 7
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Aug 4
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 30-May 21
Moon May 7-21
Aug 11
Honeydew MelonsFrost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Jul 21
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
KohlrabiFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
LeeksFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
N/AJul 7
LettuceFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Aug 11
OnionsN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
N/AJul 14
OreganoFrost Feb 12-Mar 12
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
N/AAug 11
ParsleyFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
Frost Mar 26-Apr 30
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 4
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 2
Moon Mar 26-Apr 2
Jul 14
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost May 14-28
Moon May 24-28
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
Aug 11
PumpkinsFrost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Jul 7
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 2
Moon Mar 26-Apr 2
Aug 25
RosemaryFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
N/AAug 25
SageFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
N/AAug 4
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
Jul 14
SpinachFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Aug 4
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 7-21
Jul 7
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Apr 2-23
Moon Apr 8-23
May 7
ThymeFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 30-May 7
Moon May 7
N/AJul 28
TomatillosFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
N/AAug 4
TomatoesFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
N/AJul 21
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 2
Moon Mar 26-Apr 2
Sep 22
WatermelonsFrost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Frost Apr 30-May 7
Moon May 7
Jul 21
Winter SquashFrost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Jun 30
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
Frost May 7-14
Moon May 7-14
Aug 18

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 20 (at HARTFORD BRAINARD FLD, CT climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 1-Oct 6
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jul 28-Aug 25
Moon Jul 28-Aug 3, Aug 20-25
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 11-Sep 1
Moon Aug 11-19
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jul 21-28
Moon Jul 21
Frost Aug 11-25
Moon Aug 11-19
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jun 30-Jul 14
Moon Jul 5-14
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jul 21-28
Moon Jul 21
Frost Aug 11-18
Moon Aug 11-18
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 4-11
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 14-21
Moon Jul 14-21
Frost Jul 28-Aug 4
Moon Aug 4
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jul 28-Aug 25
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jul 21-Aug 4
Moon Jul 21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 3-16
Moon Nov 16
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 4-18
Moon Aug 4-18
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 11-25
Moon Aug 11-19
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 18-Sep 8
Moon Aug 18-19, Sep 2-8
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 11-25
Moon Aug 11-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 18-Sep 8
Moon Aug 18-19, Sep 2-8
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 11-25
Moon Aug 11-19
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 8-22
Moon Sep 18-22
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 1-22
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 11-25
Moon Aug 11-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 18-Sep 1
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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