Planting Calendar for Elsmere, KY

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 23 (at CINCINNATI NORTHERN KY AP, KY climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
BeansN/AN/A Apr 30-May 21
May 4-18
BeetsN/AN/A Apr 9-30
Apr 20-30
Bell Peppers Feb 11-25
Feb 11-19
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
Broccoli Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Apr 2-23
Apr 5-19
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Mar 26-Apr 16
Apr 5-16
N/A
Cabbage Feb 25-Mar 12
Mar 6-12
Mar 26-Apr 9
Apr 5- 9
N/A
Cantaloupes Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Mar 19-Apr 2
Mar 21-Apr 2
Cauliflower Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Mar 26-Apr 9
Apr 5- 9
N/A
Celery Feb 11-25
Feb 11-19
Apr 30-May 14
May 4-14
N/A
Collards Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Mar 26-Apr 16
Apr 5-16
N/A
CornN/AN/A Apr 23-May 7
May 4- 7
Cucumbers Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
Eggplants Feb 11-25
Feb 11-19
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
Lettuce Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Apr 9-May 7
Apr 9-19, May 4- 7
N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/A Mar 26-Apr 16
Apr 5-16
Leeks Feb 11-25
Feb 11-19
Mar 26-Apr 16
Apr 5-16
N/A
OkraN/AN/A May 7-21
May 7-18
OnionsN/AN/A Mar 26-Apr 16
Mar 26-Apr 4
ParsnipsN/AN/A Apr 2-23
Apr 2- 4, Apr 20-23
PeasN/AN/A Mar 12-Apr 2
Mar 12-20
PotatoesN/AN/A Apr 16-May 7
Apr 20-May 3
Pumpkins Mar 26-Apr 9
Apr 5- 9
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Feb 25-Mar 19
Feb 25-Mar 5
SpinachN/AN/A Mar 12-Apr 2
Mar 12-20
Squash (Zucchini) Mar 26-Apr 9
Apr 5- 9
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Mar 26-Apr 2
Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7-28
May 19-28
N/A
Swiss Chard Mar 12-26
Mar 12-20
Apr 2- 9
Apr 5- 9
N/A
Tomatoes Feb 25-Mar 12
Mar 6-12
Apr 30-May 21
May 4-18
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Mar 26-Apr 16
Mar 26-Apr 4
Watermelons Mar 26-Apr 2
May 7-28
May 7-18
N/A

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 Plant Seedlings or Transplants 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!