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Planting Calendar for McKenzie, TN

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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-season 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 Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 25 (at HUNTINGDON WTP, TN climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 6-Oct 11
Moon Sep 6-17, Oct 2-11
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 2-30
Moon Aug 2-3, Aug 20-30
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 16-Sep 6
Moon Aug 16-19, Sep 2-6
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jul 26-Aug 2
Frost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 5-19
Moon Jul 5-19
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jul 26-Aug 2
Frost Aug 16-23
Moon Aug 16-19
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 9-16
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 19-26
Moon Jul 19-21
Frost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 4-9
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 2-30
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jul 26-Aug 9
Moon Aug 4-9
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 7-21
Moon Nov 16-21
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 23-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 23-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 13-27
Moon Sep 18-27
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 6-27
Moon Sep 6-17
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Aug 23-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 9 (at HUNTINGDON WTP, TN climate station, elevation 439 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 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Sep 27
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
Apr 9
BasilFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Sep 13
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Mar 26-Apr 7
Frost Mar 12-19
Apr 23
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
N/AAug 2
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
May 21
BroccoliFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Aug 23
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Jul 19
CabbageFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Jul 12
CantaloupesFrost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Jul 19
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
Aug 16
CauliflowerFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 2-16
Moon Apr 8-16
N/AAug 9
CeleryFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9
Moon Apr 9
Aug 16
ChivesFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Aug 30
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Apr 30
CollardsFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Aug 16
CucumbersFrost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Aug 16
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 2-23
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 30
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Jul 19
EggplantsFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
N/AAug 16
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
FennelFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 9-23
Moon Apr 9-23
Aug 9
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 16-May 7
Moon Apr 16-23, May 7
Aug 16
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Jul 26
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
KohlrabiFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
LeeksFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
N/AJul 12
LettuceFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 12-25
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Aug 16
OnionsN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
N/AJul 19
OreganoFrost Jan 29-Feb 26
Moon Feb 9-24
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
N/AAug 16
ParsleyFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Mar 12-Apr 16
Moon Mar 12-25, Apr 8-16
Aug 9
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-19
Jul 19
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Apr 30-May 14
Moon Apr 30-May 6
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
Aug 16
PumpkinsFrost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Jul 12
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-19
Aug 30
RosemaryFrost Jan 15-29
Moon Jan 15-25
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
N/AAug 30
SageFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
N/AAug 9
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-26
Moon Mar 26
Jul 19
SpinachFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Mar 12-19
Moon Mar 12-19
Apr 23
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
Aug 9
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 24-May 6
Jul 12
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Mar 26-Apr 9
Moon Apr 8-9
Frost Mar 19-Apr 9
Moon Mar 19-25, Apr 8-9
Apr 23
ThymeFrost Jan 29-Feb 12
Moon Feb 9-12
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
N/AAug 2
TomatillosFrost Feb 26-Mar 12
Frost Apr 23-May 7
Moon Apr 23
N/AAug 9
TomatoesFrost Feb 12-26
Moon Feb 12-24
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
N/AJul 26
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 12-19
Sep 27
WatermelonsFrost Mar 19-Apr 2
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Frost Apr 16-23
Moon Apr 16-23
Jul 26
Winter SquashFrost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Jul 5
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 19-26
Moon Mar 19-25
Frost Apr 16-30
Moon Apr 16-23
Frost Apr 23-30
Moon Apr 23
Aug 23
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