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The Garden Planting Calendar for Murphy, NC

Your vegetable planning guide for
Murphy, NC

On average, your frost-free growing season starts May 10 and ends Oct 7, totalling 150 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page.

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For the Spring:
Your planting strategy:
Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around March 29, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around March 1 and then transplant them into the garden around April 20. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around March 11. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Do you want to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around March 1. Then, around May 6 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the ground.

Now, for all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around May 10, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature. Having said that, we note that your location has a shorter than average growing season. Many summer vegetables need more days to mature than your area will provide. For that reason, we recommend you get a head-start by starting these summer vegetables indoors around April 20, and transplant those seedlings out after the danger of frost is past.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Asparagus   Mar 26 - Apr 10  
Beans     May 10 - Jun 7
Beets     Mar 15 - Mar 29
Broccoli Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Brussel Sprouts Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Cabbage Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Cantaloupe     Apr 26 - May 10
Carrots     Mar 29 - Apr 26
Cauliflower Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Chard     Mar 29 - Apr 12
Collards Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Corn     May 10 - May 24
Cucumbers     May 10 - May 24
Eggplants Mar 1 - Mar 15 May 10 - May 24  
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     May 10 - May 24
Kale Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Kohlrabi Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Lettuce Mar 1 - Mar 15 Mar 29 - Apr 26 Mar 29 - Apr 26
Mustard Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26  
Okra     May 10 - May 24
Onions Feb 23 - Mar 1 Mar 11 - Apr 10  
Peas (English)     Mar 11 - Apr 10
Peas (Southern)     May 10 - Jun 7
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Mar 11 - Apr 10
Peppers Mar 1 - Mar 15 May 10 - May 24  
Potatoes     Mar 11 - Apr 10
Radishes     Mar 26 - May 24
Spinach Mar 1 - Mar 15 Apr 12 - Apr 26 Mar 26 - Apr 26
Sweet Potatoes   May 10 - May 31  
Tomatoes Mar 1 - Mar 15 May 10 - May 24  
Watermelon     May 10 - May 24

For the Fall:
Your fall planting strategy:
Gardening in the fall can be much more challenging than spring planting, because you are in a race to get your crops mature and harvested before the winter frosts begin, around October 7. This means you need to consider how much time each variety needs between planting and picking. Those numbers vary widely between different varieties of the same kinds of plants! Usually the "Days to Harvest" are present on the seed packet.

Most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, for example, require around 100 days to harvest, therefore you'd want to transplant those into the ground around June 29. Anyway, it's important to remember that the numbers in this fall planting guide are only a starting point for you! Good luck and good gardening to you.

Fall is the time to plant garlic. Around August 23, take your cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 inches deep.

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around July 29, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around June 9 and then transplant them into the garden around July 19. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around July 24.

Now, for all the usual hot weather veggies like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around June 24.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Beans     Jun 24 - Jul 24
Beets     Jul 24 - Sep 7
Broccoli May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Brussel Sprouts May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Cabbage May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Cantaloupe     Jun 9 - Jun 24
Carrots     Jul 9 - Sep 7
Cauliflower May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Chard     Jun 24 - Sep 7
Collards Jun 9 - Jul 24 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Corn     Jun 24 - Jul 9
Cucumbers     Jun 24 - Jul 9
Eggplants Apr 28 - May 13 Jun 9 - Jun 24  
Garlic     Jul 24 - Sep 7
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     May 25 - Jun 24
Kale May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Kohlrabi May 13 - Jun 27 Jun 24 - Aug 8  
Lettuce Jul 9 - Aug 8 Aug 8 - Sep 7 Aug 8 - Sep 7
Mustard     Aug 8 - Sep 7
Okra     May 25 - Jun 24
Onions     Sep 7 - Sep 17
Parsley May 25 - Jul 9 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Peas (English)     Jul 9 - Aug 8
Peas (Southern)     May 25 - Jun 24
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Jul 9 - Aug 8
Peppers May 3 - May 18 Jun 14 - Jun 29  
Potatoes     Jul 9 - Aug 8
Radishes     Aug 8 - Sep 7
Spinach Jun 24 - Aug 8 Jul 24 - Sep 7 Jul 24 - Sep 7
Tomatoes May 3 - May 18 Jun 14 - Jun 29  
Turnips     Aug 23 - Sep 22
Watermelon     May 25 - Jun 24

How accurate is all this? For nearly all locations, we are confident in the dates. There are, however, some difficult areas of the world that don't match up perfectly with the dates we have given. For that reason, we recommend you use this guide as a very good starting place, but don't interpret the dates as absolutely perfect for every location.

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One final tip: you can compare our numbers with those at our friend Margaret Roach's website. She recently launched a garden calendar that has additional planting dates that we don' have. Check out her garden planting calendar on AWayToGarden.com. When it asks for your final spring frost date, just enter May 10 and you should be all set.

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