Planting Calendar for Raleigh, NC

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 8 (at RALEIGH 4 SW, NC climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
BeansN/AN/A Apr 15-May 6
Apr 22-May 6
BeetsN/AN/A Mar 25-Apr 15
Apr 8-15
Bell Peppers Jan 28-Feb 11
Jan 28-Feb 9
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Broccoli Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 18-Apr 8
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 24-Apr 1
N/A
Cabbage Feb 11-25
Feb 23-25
Mar 11-25
Mar 24-25
N/A
Cantaloupes Mar 11-18
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Mar 3-18
Mar 10-18
Cauliflower Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 11-25
Mar 24-25
N/A
Celery Jan 28-Feb 11
Jan 28-Feb 9
Apr 15-29
Apr 22-29
N/A
Collards Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 24-Apr 1
N/A
CornN/AN/A Apr 8-22
Apr 22
Cucumbers Mar 11-18
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Eggplants Jan 28-Feb 11
Jan 28-Feb 9
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Lettuce Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 25-Apr 22
Mar 25-Apr 7, Apr 22
N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/A Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 24-Apr 1
Leeks Jan 28-Feb 11
Jan 28-Feb 9
Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 24-Apr 1
N/A
OkraN/AN/A Apr 22-May 6
Apr 22-May 6
OnionsN/AN/A Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 11-23
ParsnipsN/AN/A Mar 18-Apr 8
Mar 18-23, Apr 8
PeasN/AN/A Feb 25-Mar 18
Feb 25-Mar 9
PotatoesN/AN/A Apr 1-22
Apr 8-21
Pumpkins Mar 11-25
Mar 24-25
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Feb 11-Mar 3
Feb 11-22
SpinachN/AN/A Feb 25-Mar 18
Feb 25-Mar 9
Squash (Zucchini) Mar 11-25
Mar 24-25
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Mar 11-18
Mar 11-18
Apr 22-May 13
May 8-13
N/A
Swiss Chard Feb 25-Mar 11
Feb 25-Mar 9
Mar 18-25
Mar 24-25
N/A
Tomatoes Feb 11-25
Feb 23-25
Apr 15-May 6
Apr 22-May 6
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Mar 11-Apr 1
Mar 11-23
Watermelons Mar 11-18
Apr 22-May 13
Apr 22-May 7
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!