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2022 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Planting Calendar for Merrillville, IN

For the Almanac's fall and spring planting calendars, we've calculated the best time to start seeds indoors, when to transplant young plants outside, and when to direct seed into the ground.

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Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 11 (at LOWELL, IN climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Start Seeds Indoors by...Plant Seedlings Outdoors by...Start Seeds Outdoors by...
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Sep 6
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Aug 27
Bell PeppersFrost Apr 28Frost Jun 23N/A
BroccoliFrost Jun 30Frost Jul 28N/A
CabbageFrost Jun 20Frost Jul 18N/A
CantaloupesN/AN/AFrost Jun 13
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Aug 22
CauliflowerFrost Jun 30Frost Jul 28N/A
CeleryFrost Apr 19Frost Jun 28N/A
CornN/AN/AFrost Jul 3
CucumbersN/AN/AFrost Jul 8
EggplantsFrost Apr 28Frost Jun 23N/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jul 8
Jalapeño PeppersFrost May 18Frost Jul 13N/A
KaleFrost Jul 20Frost Aug 17N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/AFrost Aug 22
LettuceN/AN/AFrost Sep 1
OkraN/AN/AFrost Jul 3
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Jul 8
PeasN/AN/AFrost Aug 7
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jul 28
PumpkinsN/AN/AFrost June 1
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Sep 6
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Sep 16
Sweet PotatoesFrost May 9Frost Jun 13N/A
Swiss ChardN/AN/AFrost Sep 1
TomatoesFrost May 3Frost Jun 28N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Sep 1
WatermelonsN/AN/AFrost Jun 13
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost Jun 28
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost Jul 13

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 4 (at LOWELL, IN climate station, elevation 666 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 30-May 4
BasilFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost May 4-25
Moon May 4-15
N/A
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Apr 20-May 11
Moon Apr 20-29
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 22-Mar 8
Moon Mar 2- 8
Frost May 11-25
Moon May 11-15
N/A
BroccoliFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 6-16
N/A
CabbageFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost Apr 6-20
Moon Apr 6-16
N/A
CantaloupesFrost Apr 6-13
Moon Apr 6-13
Frost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Mar 30-31
CauliflowerFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 6-16
N/A
CeleryFrost Feb 22-Mar 8
Moon Mar 2- 8
Frost May 11-25
Moon May 11-15
N/A
ChivesN/AN/AFrost Apr 6-13
Moon Apr 6-13
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 4-18
Moon May 4-15
CornN/AN/AFrost May 18-Jun 8
Moon May 30-Jun 8
CucumbersFrost Apr 6-13
Moon Apr 6-13
Frost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
N/A
DillN/AN/AFrost May 4-Jun 8
Moon May 4-15, May 30-Jun 8
EggplantsFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
N/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 11-Jun 1
Moon May 11-15, May 30-Jun 1
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 22-Mar 8
Moon Mar 2- 8
Frost May 11-25
Moon May 11-15
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 6-16
N/A
KohlrabiFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Apr 1- 6
Frost Apr 13-20
Moon Apr 13-16
N/A
LettuceFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Apr 1- 6
Frost Apr 20-May 18
Moon Apr 30-May 15
N/A
OkraN/AN/AFrost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
OnionsN/AN/AFrost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 17-27
OreganoFrost Feb 22-Mar 23
Moon Mar 2-18
Frost May 4-25
Moon May 4-15
N/A
ParsleyN/AN/AFrost Apr 6-20
Moon Apr 6-16
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 13-May 4
Moon Apr 17-29
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 23-Apr 13
Moon Apr 1-13
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 27-May 18
Moon Apr 27-29, May 16-18
PumpkinsFrost Apr 13-27
Moon Apr 13-16
Frost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
N/A
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 8-30
Moon Mar 19-30
RosemaryFrost Feb 22-Mar 8
Moon Mar 2- 8
Frost May 11-Jun 1
Moon May 11-15, May 30-Jun 1
N/A
SageFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost May 4-18
Moon May 4-15
N/A
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Mar 23-Apr 13
Moon Apr 1-13
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 25-Jun 8
Moon May 25-29
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Apr 1- 6
Frost Apr 13-20
Moon Apr 13-16
N/A
ThymeFrost Feb 22-Mar 23
Moon Mar 2-18
Frost May 4-25
Moon May 4-15
N/A
TomatoesFrost Mar 8-23
Moon Mar 8-18
Frost May 11-Jun 1
Moon May 11-15, May 30-Jun 1
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 17-27
WatermelonsFrost Apr 6-13
Moon Apr 6-13
Frost May 18-Jun 1
Moon May 30-Jun 1
N/A
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost May 18-Jun 15
Moon May 30-Jun 14
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost May 18-Jun 15
Moon May 30-Jun 14