Planting Calendar for Auburn, ME

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 3 (at LEWISTON, ME climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
BeansN/AN/A May 10-31
May 10-18
BeetsN/AN/A Apr 19-May 10
Apr 20-May 3
Bell Peppers Feb 21-Mar 7
Mar 6- 7
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
Broccoli Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 12-May 3
Apr 12-19
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 5-26
Apr 5-19
N/A
Cabbage Mar 7-22
Mar 7-20
Apr 5-19
Apr 5-19
N/A
Cantaloupes Apr 5-12
Apr 5-12
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Mar 29-Apr 12
Mar 29-Apr 4
Cauliflower Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 5-19
Apr 5-19
N/A
Celery Feb 21-Mar 7
Mar 6- 7
May 10-24
May 10-18
N/A
Collards Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 5-26
Apr 5-19
N/A
CornN/AN/A May 3-17
May 4-17
Cucumbers Apr 5-12
Apr 5-12
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
Eggplants Feb 21-Mar 7
Mar 6- 7
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
Lettuce Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 19-May 17
Apr 19, May 4-17
N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/A Apr 5-26
Apr 5-19
Leeks Feb 21-Mar 7
Mar 6- 7
Apr 5-26
Apr 5-19
N/A
OkraN/AN/A May 17-31
May 17-18
OnionsN/AN/A Apr 5-26
Apr 20-26
ParsnipsN/AN/A Apr 12-May 3
Apr 20-May 3
PeasN/AN/A Mar 22-Apr 12
Apr 5-12
PotatoesN/AN/A Apr 26-May 17
Apr 26-May 3
Pumpkins Apr 5-19
Apr 5-19
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Mar 7-29
Mar 21-29
SpinachN/AN/A Mar 22-Apr 12
Apr 5-12
Squash (Zucchini) Apr 5-19
Apr 5-19
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Apr 5-12
May 17-Jun 7
May 19-Jun 2
N/A
Swiss Chard Mar 22-Apr 5
Apr 5
Apr 12-19
Apr 12-19
N/A
Tomatoes Mar 7-22
Mar 7-20
May 10-31
May 10-18
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Apr 5-26
Apr 20-26
Watermelons Apr 5-12
Apr 5-12
May 17-Jun 7
May 17-18, Jun 3- 7
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!