Planting Calendar for Nashville, TN

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 Transplant Seedlings 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!

30% probability of frost free after April 12 (at NASHVILLE INTL AP, TN climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsTransplant SeedlingsStart Seeds Outdoors
Beans Apr 19-May 10
Apr 19, May 4-10
Beets Mar 29-Apr 19
Mar 29-Apr 4
Broccoli Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 22-Apr 12
Apr 5-12
Brussels Sprouts Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 15-20, Apr 5
Cabbage Feb 14-28
Feb 14-19
Mar 15-29
Mar 15-20
Cantaloupe Mar 15-22
Mar 15-20
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Carrots Mar 7-22
Mar 21-22
Cauliflower Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 15-29
Mar 15-20
Celery Jan 31-Feb 14
Feb 4-14
Apr 19-May 3
Apr 19
Collards Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 15-20, Apr 5
Corn Apr 12-26
Apr 12-19
Cucumbers Mar 15-22
Mar 15-20
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Eggplants Jan 31-Feb 14
Feb 4-14
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Kale Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 15-20, Apr 5
Kohlrabi Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 15-20, Apr 5
Leeks Jan 31-Feb 14
Feb 4-14
Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 15-20, Apr 5
Lettuce Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 29-Apr 26
Apr 5-19
Okra Apr 26-May 10
May 4-10
Onions Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 21-Apr 4
Parsnips Mar 22-Apr 12
Mar 22-Apr 4
Peas Feb 28-Mar 22
Mar 6-20
Peppers Jan 31-Feb 14
Feb 4-14
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Potatoes Apr 5-26
Apr 20-26
Pumpkins Mar 15-29
Mar 15-20
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Radishes Feb 14-Mar 7
Feb 20-Mar 5
Spinach Feb 28-Mar 22
Mar 6-20
Squash Mar 15-29
Mar 15-20
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17
Sweet Potatoes Mar 15-22
Mar 21-22
Apr 26-May 17
Apr 26-May 3
Swiss Chard Feb 28-Mar 15
Mar 6-15
Mar 22-29
Tomatoes Feb 14-28
Feb 14-19
Apr 19-May 10
Apr 19, May 4-10
Turnips Mar 15-Apr 5
Mar 21-Apr 4
Watermelons Mar 15-22
Mar 15-20
Apr 26-May 17
May 4-17