Planting Calendar for Cape Neddick, ME

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 15 (at GREENLAND, NH climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
BeansN/AN/A May 22-Jun 12
May 22-Jun 5
BeetsN/AN/A May 1-22
May 8-21
Bell Peppers Mar 5-20
Mar 5- 9
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
Broccoli Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
Apr 24-May 15
Apr 24-May 7
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Cabbage Mar 20-Apr 3
Mar 24-Apr 3
Apr 17-May 1
Apr 22-May 1
N/A
Cantaloupes Apr 17-24
Apr 22-24
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Apr 10-24
Apr 10-21
Cauliflower Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
Apr 17-May 1
Apr 22-May 1
N/A
Celery Mar 5-20
Mar 5- 9
May 22-Jun 5
May 22-Jun 5
N/A
Collards Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
CornN/AN/A May 15-29
May 22-29
Cucumbers Apr 17-24
Apr 22-24
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
Eggplants Mar 5-20
Mar 5- 9
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
Lettuce Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
May 1-29
May 1- 7, May 22-29
N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/A Apr 17-May 8
Apr 22-May 7
Leeks Mar 5-20
Mar 5- 9
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
OkraN/AN/A May 29-Jun 12
May 29-Jun 5
OnionsN/AN/A Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-21, May 8
ParsnipsN/AN/A Apr 24-May 15
May 8-15
PeasN/AN/A Apr 3-24
Apr 3- 7, Apr 22-24
PotatoesN/AN/A May 8-29
May 8-21
Pumpkins Apr 17-May 1
Apr 22-May 1
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Mar 20-Apr 10
Mar 20-23, Apr 8-10
SpinachN/AN/A Apr 3-24
Apr 3- 7, Apr 22-24
Squash (Zucchini) Apr 17-May 1
Apr 22-May 1
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Apr 17-24
Apr 17-21
May 29-Jun 19
Jun 6-19
N/A
Swiss Chard Apr 3-17
Apr 3- 7
Apr 24-May 1
Apr 24-May 1
N/A
Tomatoes Mar 20-Apr 3
Mar 24-Apr 3
May 22-Jun 12
May 22-Jun 5
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-21, May 8
Watermelons Apr 17-24
Apr 22-24
May 29-Jun 19
May 29-Jun 5
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!