Planting Calendar for Virginia Beach, VA

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 when 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. 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 3 (at OCEANA NAS, VA climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsTransplant SeedlingsStart Seeds Outdoors
Beans Apr 10-May 1
Apr 15-29
Beets Mar 20-Apr 10
Apr 1-10
Broccoli Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 13-Apr 3
Mar 17-31
Brussels Sprouts Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 5-27
Mar 17-27
Cabbage Feb 5-19
Feb 15-19
Mar 5-20
Mar 17-20
Cantaloupe Mar 5-13
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Carrots Feb 26-Mar 13
Mar 2-13
Cauliflower Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 5-20
Mar 17-20
Celery Jan 22-Feb 5
Jan 22-31
Apr 10-24
Apr 15-24
Collards Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 5-27
Mar 17-27
Corn Apr 3-17
Apr 15-17
Cucumbers Mar 5-13
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Eggplants Jan 22-Feb 5
Jan 22-31
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Kale Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 5-27
Mar 17-27
Kohlrabi Mar 5-27
Mar 17-27
Leeks Jan 22-Feb 5
Jan 22-31
Mar 5-27
Mar 17-27
Lettuce Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 20-Apr 17
Mar 20-31, Apr 15-17
Okra Apr 17-May 1
Apr 17-29
Onions Mar 5-27
Mar 5-16
Parsnips Mar 13-Apr 3
Mar 13-16, Apr 1- 3
Peas Feb 19-Mar 13
Feb 19-Mar 1
Peppers Jan 22-Feb 5
Jan 22-31
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Potatoes Mar 27-Apr 17
Apr 1-14
Pumpkins Mar 5-20
Mar 17-20
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Radishes Feb 5-26
Feb 5-14
Spinach Feb 19-Mar 13
Feb 19-Mar 1
Squash Mar 5-20
Mar 17-20
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29
Sweet Potatoes Mar 5-13
Mar 5-13
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 30-May 8
Swiss Chard Feb 19-Mar 5
Feb 19-Mar 1
Mar 13-20
Mar 17-20
Tomatoes Feb 5-19
Feb 15-19
Apr 10-May 1
Apr 15-29
Turnips Mar 5-27
Mar 5-16
Watermelons Mar 5-13
Apr 17-May 8
Apr 17-29