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Home Gardening: Determining The Best Date For Sowing Seeds In The Fall.

In a follow-up to my gardening post about what/when/how to plant to grow your own food, I thought that maybe assembling tips on frost dates and sowing schedules for various regions would come in handy. Many vegetables need to be planted X amount of days before your first frost, so if you are starting your garden now, be sure to check the frost date and the maturity schedule of what you are planting – you don’t want to waste seeds and plants by planting them too late in the season!

First up, you need to know the “days to maturity” of the vegetables you are planting, and according to Mother Earth News you need to add three weeks to the maturity rating on the seed packet to compensate for the shorter days of the fall. Here is a chart of the maturity schedule of most common vegetables:



Secondly, the frost dates from the Farmer’s Almanac can be found by clicking on the map below. Once on that page, just click on your state to see when they expect the first frost to be for your region.


When planting in the late summer/early fall, you want to make sure that you leave enough time to grow the vegetables you want to harvest before winter really begins. Hopefully these charts will help all of us budding food growers!


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  1. Bellen says:

    Your comments on fall gardening are excellent. I would, however, recommend that anyone who is a relatively new gardener contact their local County Extension Service for specific advice. This is part of your state’s University and so is paid from your taxes – the advice is free or very nomimal in cost. The contact person is usually a Master Gardener.

    Here in SW Florida a mere 20 miles makes a huge difference in planting dates and even in specific strains? of veggies to plant. When I lived in Connecticut it wasn’t as different – just how far from the water.

  2. Garrett says:

    I found an informative planting guide via Iowa State University for planting and harvesting times for garden vegetables.

    It includes fall planting dates.

    http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM534.pdf

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