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Planting Calendar for Masonboro, NC

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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 29 (at WILMINGTON 7 SE, NC climate station, elevation 29 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Mar 7-22
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Oct 11
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 26-29
Mar 29
BasilFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Sep 27
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 26-29
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Moon Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 18-Feb 1
Moon Jan 18-25
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
N/AAug 16
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
May 10
BroccoliFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Sep 6
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Aug 2
CabbageFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Jul 26
CantaloupesFrost Mar 7-22
Frost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Aug 2
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Moon Feb 29-Mar 15
Aug 30
CauliflowerFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 22-Apr 5
Moon Mar 22-25
N/AAug 30
CeleryFrost Jan 4-18
Moon Jan 11-18
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Mar 29
Aug 30
ChivesFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Mar 7-15
Frost Mar 7-15
Sep 13
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Apr 19
CollardsFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Mar 7-15
Aug 30
CucumbersFrost Mar 7-15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Aug 30
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 22-Apr 12
Moon Mar 22-25, Apr 8-12
Sep 13
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Aug 2
EggplantsFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
N/AAug 30
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
FennelFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Aug 23
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 5-26
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 30
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 7-15
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Aug 9
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 18-Feb 1
Moon Jan 18-25
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
KohlrabiFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 7-15
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
LeeksFrost Jan 18-Feb 1
Moon Jan 18-25
Frost Mar 7-22
N/AJul 26
LettuceFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 7-15
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Aug 30
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Moon Feb 29-Mar 15
N/AAug 2
OreganoFrost Jan 18-Feb 15
Moon Jan 18-25, Feb 9-15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
N/AAug 30
ParsleyFrost Jan 18-Feb 1
Moon Jan 18-25
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Feb 29-Apr 5
Moon Mar 16-25
Aug 23
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 7
Moon Feb 29-Mar 7
Aug 2
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Apr 19-May 3
Moon Apr 24-May 3
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Moon Feb 29-Mar 15
Aug 30
PumpkinsFrost Mar 7-22
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Jul 26
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 7
Moon Feb 29-Mar 7
Sep 13
RosemaryFrost Jan 4-18
Moon Jan 11-18
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
N/ASep 13
SageFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
N/AAug 23
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Moon Feb 29-Mar 15
Aug 2
SpinachFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 7-15
Frost Feb 29-Mar 7
Apr 12
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Aug 23
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 24-26
Jul 26
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Mar 7-29
Moon Mar 23-25
Apr 12
ThymeFrost Jan 18-Feb 1
Moon Jan 18-25
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
N/AAug 16
TomatillosFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
N/AAug 23
TomatoesFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
N/AAug 9
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 29-Mar 7
Moon Feb 29-Mar 7
Oct 11
WatermelonsFrost Mar 7-22
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Aug 9
Winter SquashFrost Mar 7-15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Jul 19
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 7-15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Apr 12-19
Moon Apr 12-19
Sep 6

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 8 (at WILMINGTON 7 SE, NC climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 20-Oct 25
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 16-Sep 13
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 30-Sep 20
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
Frost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 19-Aug 2
Moon Jul 19-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
Frost Aug 30-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 23-30
Moon Aug 23-30
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 4-9
Frost Aug 16-23
Moon Aug 16-19
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 16-Sep 13
Moon Aug 16-19, Sep 2-13
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 22-Dec 6
Moon Nov 22-30
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Sep 6-27
Moon Sep 6-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Sep 6-27
Moon Sep 6-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 27-Oct 11
Moon Sep 27-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 20-Oct 11
Moon Oct 2-11
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Sep 6-20
Moon Sep 18-20
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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