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Planting Calendar for Mount Clemens, MI

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The planting calendar below tells you when to plant in the SPRING and also plant in the FALL, based on your zip code or postal code.

Spring Planting Calendar

Our spring planting calendar starts with the very first dates that you can plant (based on the last spring frost). But if you've missed these dates, no worries! This is why we've added "last planting dates" to our spring calendar; this is meant to help new gardeners understand that if they missed the first spring planting window, they could still get crops in the ground.

In fact, many crops with short maturity times (such as radishes) can be succession planted all the way through the summer in northern areas. However, note that some cool-season crops, such as kale and lettuce, do not grow well in hot temperatures, which can cause bolting issues.  For some gardeners, especially in the South, a break to avoid summer heat is needed, but they can start once the heat has passed. 

The dates provided are based on the number of weeks before or after frost, so we can provide a unique calendar to every user in the country. Thus, several crops (especially similar crops) may appear to have the same date. Kale and lettuce, for example, or dates for starting seeds, like broccoli and cabbage. 

Fall Planting Calendar

When we say "fall," we really mean planting in summer in time for a fall harvest. Think of this as a second summer! It's easy to keep the crops going if you've already prepared the soil! 

Many crops that would be started indoors for a spring crop can just be plunked into the soil directly for a fall crop. Not only is the soil already warm but also there are less pests and it tends to be rainier so you don't need to water as often. Some fall vegetables need to be harvested by the first frost, but many are frost-tolerant and even taste better after a kiss of fall frost!

See each plant's individual Growing Guide for more specific planting, plant care, and harvesting information.

Specifically, on the charts, there are different columns labeled as follows:

  1. Start Seeds Indoors: When to sow seeds indoors to get an early start on the season.
  2. Plant Seedlings Outdoors: When to put small seedlings that you grew indoors (OR starter plants that you bought at a garden nursery) in the outdoor soil.
  3. Start Seeds Outdoors: When to plant seeds directly into the outdoor soil.
  4. Last Date to Plant: You may plant any time from the "start seeds" dates until this "last date." Don't wait any longer, or the crop won't have time to get to harvest before fall/winter frosts.

The "Moon Dates" indicate the best planting dates based on Moon phases. You can learn more about this age-old technique below.

When N/A appears in the chart, that starting method is typically not recommended, although it is likely still possible. 

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Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 18 (at MT CLEMENS ANG BASE, MI climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Aug 30-Oct 4
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jul 26-Aug 23
Moon Jul 26-Aug 3, Aug 20-23
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 9-30
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jul 19-26
Moon Jul 19-21
Frost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jun 28-Jul 12
Moon Jul 5-12
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jul 19-26
Moon Jul 19-21
Frost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 2-3
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 12-19
Moon Jul 12-19
Frost Jul 26-Aug 2
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jul 26-Aug 23
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jul 19-Aug 2
Moon Jul 19-21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 1-14
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 2-16
Moon Aug 4-16
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 16-Sep 6
Moon Aug 16-19, Sep 2-6
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 16-Sep 6
Moon Aug 16-19, Sep 2-6
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 6-20
Moon Sep 18-20
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Aug 30-Sep 20
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 20-30
N/A50Frost-tolerant

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 5 (at MT CLEMENS ANG BASE, MI climate station, elevation 580 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Sep 20
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 24-May 5
May 5
BasilFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 19-23
Sep 6
BeetsN/AFrost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 24-May 5
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 7
May 19
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 24-Mar 9
Moon Feb 24
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
N/AJul 26
Bok ChoyFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Jun 16
BroccoliFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Aug 16
Brussels SproutsFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Jul 12
CabbageFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
Jul 5
CantaloupesFrost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Frost May 5-19
Moon May 7-19
Frost May 12-19
Moon May 12-19
Jul 12
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 7
Aug 9
CauliflowerFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 28-May 12
Moon May 7-12
N/AAug 9
CeleryFrost Feb 10-24
Moon Feb 10-24
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
Frost May 5
Aug 9
ChivesFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Aug 23
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 5-19
Moon May 7-19
May 26
CollardsFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Aug 9
CucumbersFrost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Aug 9
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 28-May 19
Moon May 7-19
Aug 23
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Jul 12
EggplantsFrost Mar 9-24
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
N/AAug 9
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
FennelFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost May 12-19
Moon May 12-19
Frost May 5-19
Moon May 7-19
Aug 2
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 12-Jun 2
Moon May 12-23
Aug 9
Honeydew MelonsFrost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Jul 19
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 24-Mar 9
Moon Feb 24
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 9-24
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
KohlrabiFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
LeeksFrost Feb 24-Mar 9
Moon Feb 24
Frost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
N/AJul 5
LettuceFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 8-21
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 19-23
Aug 9
OnionsN/AFrost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 7
N/AJul 12
OreganoFrost Feb 24-Mar 24
Moon Feb 24, Mar 11-24
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
N/AAug 9
ParsleyFrost Feb 24-Mar 9
Moon Feb 24
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
Frost Apr 7-May 12
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 2
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 7
Jul 12
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost May 26-Jun 9
Moon May 26-Jun 5
PeasN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 7
Aug 9
PumpkinsFrost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Jul 5
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 7
Aug 23
RosemaryFrost Feb 10-24
Moon Feb 10-24
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
N/AAug 23
SageFrost Mar 9-24
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
N/AAug 2
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-21
Moon Apr 7
Jul 12
SpinachFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 8-14
May 19
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 19-23
Aug 2
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 24-Jun 2
Jul 5
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost Apr 21-May 5
Moon Apr 21-23
Frost Apr 14-May 5
Moon Apr 14-23
May 19
ThymeFrost Feb 24-Mar 9
Moon Feb 24
Frost May 12-19
Moon May 12-19
N/AJul 26
TomatillosFrost Mar 24-Apr 7
Moon Mar 24-25
Frost May 19-Jun 2
Moon May 19-23
N/AAug 2
TomatoesFrost Mar 9-24
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
N/AJul 19
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 7-14
Moon Apr 7
Sep 20
WatermelonsFrost Apr 14-28
Moon Apr 14-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Frost May 12-19
Moon May 12-19
Jul 19
Winter SquashFrost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Jun 28
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Apr 14-21
Moon Apr 14-21
Frost May 12-26
Moon May 12-23
Frost May 19-26
Moon May 19-23
Aug 16
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