Trying to explain when to prepare your garden, start seeds inside, and plant outside is so confusing! That is because the timing is different for each location. When to plant is all based on your “last frost date”. This is the average date of the last spring frost in your area. After this date it is generally safe to transplant frost-sensitive plants and seeds.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN A CHARLIE BROWN CARTOON, AND I JUST SAID “WAH, WAP, WAH, WO, WAH?” That’s because this is CONFUSING!!! Don’t worry, I’ve made it simple!
A Simple, Easy Way
In hopes of making it simpler, I have created the Planting By Color system. It’s SO EASY!!! All you do is find your color, sign up for my newsletter, and you will get automatic reminders of which tasks can/should be completed each week.
Keep in mind that these groups include a 2-week span, and are based on average temperatures. You may still need to adjust your planting times depending on weather–if you’ve had an extended winter, you may want to wait longer. If you’ve had a mild winter and an early spring, you may want to plant a little sooner.
Find Your Color By Location
Here is a list of locations–these are weather stations, not necessarily the largest cities or towns. Many times you’ll see AP, which means airport. Look through the entire section for your state and find the CLOSEST location with the MOST SIMILAR weather patterns.
Find Your Color By Frost Date
|Spring Color||Dates||Spring Color||Dates|
|White Group||February 14-28||Yellow Group||April 16-30|
|Pink Group||March 1-15||Green Group||May 1-15|
|Red Group||March 16-31||Blue Group||May 16-31|
|Orange Group||April 1-15||Violet Group||June 1-15|
|Fall Color||Dates||Fall Color||Dates|
|Purple Group||September 16-30||Navy Group||November 1-15|
|Maroon Group||October 1-15||Olive Group||November 16-30|
|Brown Group||October 16-31||Goldenrod Group||December 1-15|
Go here for a printable list of frost dates and colors.