Planting Calendar for Benton, KY

Find the best dates for planting vegetables and fruit in your garden! Our free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, as well as when to plant young plants outside.

How to Use the Planting Calendar

Simply put, a planting calendar is a guide that tells you the best time to start planting your garden. Most planting calendars are based on frost dates, which dictate when you should start seeds and when it's safe to plant outdoors in your area. Our planting calendar is customized to your location in order to give you the most accurate information possible.

On the planting calendar below, please note:

  • The Frost Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local average frost dates. Average frost dates are based on historical weather data and are the planting guideline used by most gardeners.
  • The Moon Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local frost dates and Moon phases. Planting by the Moon is considered a more traditional technique.
  • The Transplant Seedlings dates indicate the best time to plant young plants outdoors. This includes plants grown from seed at home and plants bought from a nursery. Although frost dates are a good way to know approximately when to start gardening, always check a local forecast before planting outdoors!
  • When no dates appear in the chart, that starting method is not recommended for that particular plant. Some crops do best when started outdoors rather than indoors, while others prefer the opposite.
  • Click on the name of a plant to see our corresponding Growing Guide.

To plan your garden more accurately in the future, keep a record of your garden's conditions each year, including frost dates and seed-starting dates!

30% probability of frost free after April 11 (at GILBERTSVILLE KY DAM, KY climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsTransplant SeedlingsStart Seeds Outdoors
Beans Apr 18-May 9
Apr 18-19, May 4- 9
Beets Mar 28-Apr 18
Mar 28-Apr 4
Broccoli Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 21-Apr 11
Apr 5-11
Brussels Sprouts Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 14-20
Cabbage Feb 13-27
Feb 13-19
Mar 14-28
Mar 14-20
Cantaloupe Mar 14-21
Mar 14-20
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Carrots Mar 6-21
Mar 21
Cauliflower Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 14-28
Mar 14-20
Celery Jan 30-Feb 13
Feb 4-13
Apr 18-May 2
Apr 18-19
Collards Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 14-20
Corn Apr 11-25
Apr 11-19
Cucumbers Mar 14-21
Mar 14-20
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Eggplants Jan 30-Feb 13
Feb 4-13
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Kale Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 14-20
Kohlrabi Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 14-20
Leeks Jan 30-Feb 13
Feb 4-13
Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 14-20
Lettuce Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 28-Apr 25
Apr 5-19
Okra Apr 25-May 9
May 4- 9
Onions Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 21-Apr 4
Parsnips Mar 21-Apr 11
Mar 21-Apr 4
Peas Feb 27-Mar 21
Mar 6-20
Peppers Jan 30-Feb 13
Feb 4-13
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Potatoes Apr 4-25
Apr 4, Apr 20-25
Pumpkins Mar 14-28
Mar 14-20
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Radishes Feb 13-Mar 6
Feb 20-Mar 5
Spinach Feb 27-Mar 21
Mar 6-20
Squash Mar 14-28
Mar 14-20
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16
Sweet Potatoes Mar 14-21
Mar 21
Apr 25-May 16
Apr 25-May 3
Swiss Chard Feb 27-Mar 14
Mar 6-14
Mar 21-28
Tomatoes Feb 13-27
Feb 13-19
Apr 18-May 9
Apr 18-19, May 4- 9
Turnips Mar 14-Apr 4
Mar 21-Apr 4
Watermelons Mar 14-21
Mar 14-20
Apr 25-May 16
May 4-16