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Planting Calendar for Natchez, MS

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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 March 26 (at NATCHEZ, MS climate station, elevation 193 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 4-19
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Oct 6
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
Mar 26
BasilFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Sep 22
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Moon Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
N/AAug 11
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
May 7
BroccoliFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Sep 1
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Jul 28
CabbageFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Jul 21
CantaloupesFrost Mar 4-19
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Jul 28
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Moon Feb 26-Mar 12
Aug 25
CauliflowerFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
N/AAug 25
CeleryFrost Jan 1-15
Moon Jan 11-15
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Mar 26
Aug 25
ChivesFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 4-12
Frost Mar 4-12
Sep 8
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Apr 16
CollardsFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Mar 4-12
Aug 25
CucumbersFrost Mar 4-12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Aug 25
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 19-Apr 9
Moon Mar 19-25, Apr 8-9
Sep 8
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Jul 28
EggplantsFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
N/AAug 25
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
FennelFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Aug 18
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 2-23
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 25
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 4-12
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Aug 4
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
N/A
KaleFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
KohlrabiFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 4-12
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
LeeksFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Mar 4-19
N/AJul 21
LettuceFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 4-12
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Aug 25
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Moon Feb 26-Mar 12
N/AJul 28
OreganoFrost Jan 15-Feb 12
Moon Jan 15-25, Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
N/AAug 25
ParsleyFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Feb 26-Apr 2
Moon Mar 13-25
Aug 18
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 4
Moon Feb 26-Mar 4
Jul 28
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Moon Feb 26-Mar 12
Aug 25
PumpkinsFrost Mar 4-19
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Jul 21
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 4
Moon Feb 26-Mar 4
Sep 8
RosemaryFrost Jan 1-15
Moon Jan 11-15
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
N/ASep 8
SageFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
N/AAug 18
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Moon Feb 26-Mar 12
Jul 28
SpinachFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 4-12
Frost Feb 26-Mar 4
Apr 9
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Aug 18
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Jul 21
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Mar 4-26
Moon Mar 20-25
Apr 9
ThymeFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
N/AAug 11
TomatillosFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
N/AAug 18
TomatoesFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
N/AAug 4
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 26-Mar 4
Moon Feb 26-Mar 4
Oct 6
WatermelonsFrost Mar 4-19
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Frost Apr 2-9
Moon Apr 8-9
Aug 4
Winter SquashFrost Mar 4-12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Jul 14
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 4-12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
Frost Apr 9-16
Moon Apr 9-16
Sep 1

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 3 (at NATCHEZ, MS climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 15-Oct 20
Moon Sep 15-17, Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 11-Sep 8
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 25-Sep 15
Moon Sep 2-15
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 4-11
Moon Aug 4-11
Frost Aug 25-Sep 8
Moon Sep 2-8
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 14-28
Moon Jul 14-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 4-11
Moon Aug 4-11
Frost Aug 25-Sep 1
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 18-25
Moon Aug 20-25
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 28-Aug 4
Moon Aug 4
Frost Aug 11-18
Moon Aug 11-18
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 11-Sep 8
Moon Aug 11-19, Sep 2-8
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 4-18
Moon Aug 4-18
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 16-30
Moon Nov 16-30
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 18-Sep 1
Moon Aug 18-19
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 25-Sep 8
Moon Sep 2-8
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Sep 1-22
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 25-Sep 8
Moon Sep 2-8
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Sep 1-22
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 25-Sep 8
Moon Sep 2-8
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 22-Oct 6
Moon Sep 22-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 15-Oct 6
Moon Sep 15-17, Oct 2-6
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 25-Sep 8
Moon Sep 2-8
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Sep 1-15
Moon Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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