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The Garden Planting Calendar for Tallahassee, FL

Your vegetable planning guide for
Tallahassee, FL

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Mar 22 and ends Nov 17, totalling 240 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 February 9, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around January 12 and then transplant them into the garden around March 2. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around January 22. 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 January 12. Then, around March 18 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 March 22, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.

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   Feb 6 - Feb 21  
Beans     Mar 22 - Apr 19
Beets     Jan 26 - Feb 9
Broccoli Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Brussel Sprouts Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Cabbage Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Cantaloupe     Mar 8 - Mar 22
Carrots     Feb 9 - Mar 8
Cauliflower Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Chard     Feb 9 - Feb 23
Collards Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Corn     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Cucumbers     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Eggplants Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Kale Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Kohlrabi Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Lettuce Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 9 - Mar 8 Feb 9 - Mar 8
Mustard Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Okra     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Onions Jan 5 - Jan 12 Jan 22 - Feb 21  
Peas (English)     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Peas (Southern)     Mar 22 - Apr 19
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Peppers Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Potatoes     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Radishes     Feb 6 - Apr 5
Spinach Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8 Feb 6 - Mar 8
Sweet Potatoes   Mar 22 - Apr 12  
Tomatoes Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Watermelon     Mar 22 - Apr 5

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 November 17. 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 August 9. 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 October 3, 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 September 8, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around July 20 and then transplant them into the garden around August 29. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around September 3.

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 August 4.

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     Aug 4 - Sep 3
Beets     Sep 3 - Oct 18
Broccoli Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Brussel Sprouts Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Cabbage Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Cantaloupe     Jul 20 - Aug 4
Carrots     Aug 19 - Oct 18
Cauliflower Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Chard     Aug 4 - Oct 18
Collards Jul 20 - Sep 3 Aug 19 - Oct 3  
Corn     Aug 4 - Aug 19
Cucumbers     Aug 4 - Aug 19
Eggplants Jun 8 - Jun 23 Jul 20 - Aug 4  
Garlic     Sep 3 - Oct 18
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Jul 5 - Aug 4
Kale Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Kohlrabi Jun 23 - Aug 7 Aug 4 - Sep 18  
Lettuce Aug 19 - Sep 18 Sep 18 - Oct 18 Sep 18 - Oct 18
Mustard     Sep 18 - Oct 18
Okra     Jul 5 - Aug 4
Onions     Oct 18 - Oct 28
Parsley Jul 5 - Aug 19 Aug 19 - Oct 3  
Peas (English)     Aug 19 - Sep 18
Peas (Southern)     Jul 5 - Aug 4
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Aug 19 - Sep 18
Peppers Jun 13 - Jun 28 Jul 25 - Aug 9  
Potatoes     Aug 19 - Sep 18
Radishes     Sep 18 - Oct 18
Spinach Aug 4 - Sep 18 Sep 3 - Oct 18 Sep 3 - Oct 18
Tomatoes Jun 13 - Jun 28 Jul 25 - Aug 9  
Turnips     Oct 3 - Nov 2
Watermelon     Jul 5 - Aug 4

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 Mar 22 and you should be all set.

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