Seed Starting and Planting Date Calculator for Kearney, NE

Find the best dates for planting and transplanting vegetables and fruit in your garden! Our free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, and when to plant young plants outside. Planting dates are based on frost dates, which are customized to your location and planting zone.

Frost dates are calculated from historical climate data and are a good way to know when it's "typical" to start planting in your area. However, they are not a replacement for good judgment! Obviously, you need to be aware of local weather during the gardening season and plant accordingly. Other factors that can influence your planting dates include soil temperature, altitude and slope of land, nearby waters, and day length. Also, it's recommended that you keep records of your garden's conditions each year to plan more accurately in the future.

On the chart below, please note:

  • "Start Seeds Indoors" tells you the optimal time to start vegetable and fruit seeds indoors. Learn how to start seeds indoors here
  • "Transplant Seedlings" tells you when it's likely safe to start planting young plants outdoors. This includes plants grown from seeds at home and plants bought from a nursery.
  • "Start Seeds Outdoors" tells you the optimal time to start vegetable and fruit seeds outdoors. Some seeds should be sown directly in the garden, rather than started indoors or transplanted.
  • When no dates appear in the chart, that starting method is not recommended for that particular vegetable.
  • The Frost Dates list the favorable planting dates based on your area's frost dates. This is the system that most gardeners follow.
  • The Moon Dates list the favorable planting dates based on your area's frost dates and Moon phases. Planting by the Moon is a more traditional technique, but many gardeners still swear by it today.
  • Click on the name of a plant to see our corresponding Growing Guide.
30% probability of frost free after May 4 (at KEARNEY 4 NE, NE climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsTransplant SeedlingsStart Seeds Outdoors
Beans May 11-Jun 1
May 15-29
Beets Apr 20-May 11
Apr 30-May 11
Broccoli Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 13-May 4
Apr 15-29
Brussels Sprouts Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 6-27
Apr 15-27
Cabbage Mar 8-23
Mar 17-23
Apr 6-20
Apr 15-20
Cantaloupe Apr 6-13
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Carrots Mar 30-Apr 13
Apr 1-13
Cauliflower Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 6-20
Apr 15-20
Celery Feb 22-Mar 8
Feb 22-Mar 1
May 11-25
May 15-25
Collards Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 6-27
Apr 15-27
Corn May 4-18
May 15-18
Cucumbers Apr 6-13
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Eggplants Feb 22-Mar 8
Feb 22-Mar 1
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Kale Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 6-27
Apr 15-27
Kohlrabi Apr 6-27
Apr 15-27
Leeks Feb 22-Mar 8
Feb 22-Mar 1
Apr 6-27
Apr 15-27
Lettuce Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 20-May 18
Apr 20-29, May 15-18
Okra May 18-Jun 1
May 18-29
Onions Apr 6-27
Apr 6-14
Parsnips Apr 13-May 4
Apr 13-14, Apr 30-May 4
Peas Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 23-31
Peppers Feb 22-Mar 8
Feb 22-Mar 1
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Potatoes Apr 27-May 18
Apr 30-May 14
Pumpkins Apr 6-20
Apr 15-20
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Radishes Mar 8-30
Mar 8-16
Spinach Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 23-31
Squash Apr 6-20
Apr 15-20
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29
Sweet Potatoes Apr 6-13
Apr 6-13
May 18-Jun 8
May 30-Jun 8
Swiss Chard Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 23-31
Apr 13-20
Apr 15-20
Tomatoes Mar 8-23
Mar 17-23
May 11-Jun 1
May 15-29
Turnips Apr 6-27
Apr 6-14
Watermelons Apr 6-13
May 18-Jun 8
May 18-29