Planting Calendar for Lakewood, NJ

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 19 (at FREEHOLD-MARLBORO, NJ climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
BeansN/AN/A Apr 26-May 17
Apr 26-May 7
BeetsN/AN/A Apr 5-26
Apr 8-21
Bell Peppers Feb 8-22
Feb 8- 9
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
Broccoli Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Mar 29-Apr 19
Mar 29-Apr 7
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
Cabbage Feb 22-Mar 7
Feb 23-Mar 7
Mar 22-Apr 5
Mar 24-Apr 5
N/A
Cantaloupes Mar 22-29
Mar 24-29
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Mar 15-29
Mar 15-23
Cauliflower Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Mar 22-Apr 5
Mar 24-Apr 5
N/A
Celery Feb 8-22
Feb 8- 9
Apr 26-May 10
Apr 26-May 7
N/A
Collards Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
CornN/AN/A Apr 19-May 3
Apr 22-May 3
Cucumbers Mar 22-29
Mar 24-29
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
Eggplants Feb 8-22
Feb 8- 9
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
Lettuce Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Apr 5-May 3
Apr 5- 7, Apr 22-May 3
N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/A Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 24-Apr 7
Leeks Feb 8-22
Feb 8- 9
Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
OkraN/AN/A May 3-17
May 3- 7
OnionsN/AN/A Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 22-23, Apr 8-12
ParsnipsN/AN/A Mar 29-Apr 19
Apr 8-19
PeasN/AN/A Mar 7-29
Mar 7- 9, Mar 24-29
PotatoesN/AN/A Apr 12-May 3
Apr 12-21
Pumpkins Mar 22-Apr 5
Mar 24-Apr 5
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Feb 22-Mar 15
Feb 22, Mar 10-15
SpinachN/AN/A Mar 7-29
Mar 7- 9, Mar 24-29
Squash (Zucchini) Mar 22-Apr 5
Mar 24-Apr 5
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Mar 22-29
Mar 22-23
May 3-24
May 8-21
N/A
Swiss Chard Mar 7-22
Mar 7- 9
Mar 29-Apr 5
Mar 29-Apr 5
N/A
Tomatoes Feb 22-Mar 7
Feb 23-Mar 7
Apr 26-May 17
Apr 26-May 7
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 22-23, Apr 8-12
Watermelons Mar 22-29
Mar 24-29
May 3-24
May 3- 7, May 22-24
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!