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Planting Calendar for Norton Shores, 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-seasons 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 Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 7 (at MUSKEGON CO AP, MI climate station, elevation 626 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 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Sep 14
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 24-May 6
May 7
BasilFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 21-23
Aug 31
BeetsN/AFrost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 24-May 6
Frost Apr 9-16
May 21
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
N/AJul 20
Bok ChoyFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Jun 18
BroccoliFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Aug 10
Brussels SproutsFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Jul 6
CabbageFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Jun 29
CantaloupesFrost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Frost May 14-21
Moon May 14-21
Jul 6
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Aug 3
CauliflowerFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 30-May 14
Moon May 7-14
N/AAug 3
CeleryFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
Frost May 7
Moon May 7
Aug 3
ChivesFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Aug 17
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
May 28
CollardsFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Aug 3
CucumbersFrost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Aug 3
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 30-May 21
Moon May 7-21
Aug 17
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Jul 6
EggplantsFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
N/AAug 3
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
FennelFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 14-21
Moon May 14-21
Frost May 7-21
Moon May 7-21
Jul 27
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 14-Jun 4
Moon May 14-23
Aug 3
Honeydew MelonsFrost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Jul 13
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
KohlrabiFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
LeeksFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
N/AJun 29
LettuceFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 21-23
Aug 3
OnionsN/AFrost Apr 9-23
N/AJul 6
OreganoFrost Feb 26-Mar 26
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
N/AAug 3
ParsleyFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
Frost Apr 9-May 14
Moon Apr 9-23, May 7-14
Jul 27
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Jul 6
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost May 28-Jun 11
Moon May 28-Jun 5
PeasN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Aug 3
PumpkinsFrost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Jun 29
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Aug 17
RosemaryFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
N/AAug 17
SageFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
N/AJul 27
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Jul 6
SpinachFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 21
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 21-23
Jul 27
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 24-Jun 4
Jun 29
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 16-May 7
Moon Apr 16-23, May 7
May 21
ThymeFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost May 14-21
Moon May 14-21
N/AJul 20
TomatillosFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost May 21-Jun 4
Moon May 21-23
N/AJul 27
TomatoesFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
N/AJul 13
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Sep 14
WatermelonsFrost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Frost May 14-21
Moon May 14-21
Jul 13
Winter SquashFrost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Jun 22
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost May 14-28
Moon May 14-23
Frost May 21-28
Moon May 21-23
Aug 10

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 12 (at MUSKEGON CO AP, MI climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Aug 24-Sep 28
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jul 20-Aug 17
Moon Jul 22-Aug 3
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 3-24
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jul 13-20
Moon Jul 13-20
Frost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jul 13-20
Moon Jul 13-20
Frost Aug 3-10
Moon Aug 4-10
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jul 27-Aug 3
Moon Jul 27-Aug 3
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 6-13
Moon Jul 6-13
Frost Jul 20-27
Moon Jul 20-21
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jul 20-Aug 17
Moon Jul 20-21, Aug 4-17
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jul 13-27
Moon Jul 13-21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Oct 26-Nov 8
Moon Oct 26-31
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jul 27-Aug 10
Moon Aug 4-10
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 10-31
Moon Aug 10-19
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 10-31
Moon Aug 10-19
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Aug 31-Sep 14
Moon Aug 31-Sep 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Aug 24-Sep 14
Moon Sep 2-14
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 3-17
Moon Aug 4-17
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 10-24
Moon Aug 20-24
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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