Zone 7 Planting Guide

I'm sharing this planting guide that should help keep me on schedule in my Zone 7 garden.

The average last frost date in zone 7 occurs between March 30 and April 30.

  Planting Other garden tasks
February the last week of Feb is time to start seedlings for the greenhouse including annual flowers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach
  • Prune fruit trees
  • Prune blueberries
March

ARUGULA seeds can be sown in the garden as soon as soil can be worked in the spring and can be harvested in 3-4 weeks

BEETS grow best in sandy soil and can be sown in the garden as soon as soil can be worked in the spring.

BROCCOLI seeds can be sown in the garden 4 weeks before the last frost date so mid-to-late March is ideal. Transplants can be planted 2 weeks before last frost date.

CABBAGE seedlings can be planted 2 weeks before the last frost so mid-to-late March is ideal. Cabbage needs very rich soil and consistent moisture.

CARROT seeds can be sown mid-March into deep loose soil. Thin to maintain 1" to 4" between the plants when 2" tall.

COLLARD seedlings can be planted in early March.

ENGLISH PEAS can be sown in early to mid-March; can survive light snow and temps down to 25 degrees.

KALE seedlings can be planted in mid-March

LETTUCE seeds can be sown as early as mid-March. Plant more seeds every 1-2 weeks from now to May 1 to keep a continuous crop. Can be grown in partial shade, especially for the later plantings. Nitrogen lover.

ONIONS can be set as soon as the soil is workable. I grow them around the perimeter of my raised beds to act as a border.

POTATOES can be planted when the grass starts to turn green. As a matter of habit I plant them on or just after St. Patrick's day. Use pieces with 2-3 eyes; cut and leave exposed to air for a day or two before planting. Plant in straw towers and/or in trenches. Keep adding mulch or soil as the stalks grow.

RADISH seeds can be sown in mid-March and every 1 to 2 weeks until May 1 for a continuous harvest

 
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April

BEETS can be transplanted or sown directly into the garden

BROCCOLI can be transplanted or sown directly into the garden

CAULIFLOWER can be transplanted into the garden

CARROTS can be directly sown

CELERY can be directly sown or transplanted

LETTUCE can be transplanted or sown directly into the garden

PEAS can be directly sown

RADISH can be directly sown

SPINACH can be transplanted or sown directly into the garden

HERBS, except basil, can be planted now

  • Feed fruit trees, vines &
    bushes such as blackberries
    grapes, rspberries, blueberries
  • Cut back roses
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May

These seeds can be directly sown in May

BEANS
CORN
CUCUMBER
MELONS
PUMPKIN

All these can be transplanted directly into the garden in May

BRUSSEL SPROUTS
CABBAGE
EGGPLANT
LETTUCE
MELONS
ONIONS
PEPPER
PUMPKIN
TOMATO
SQUASH (Summer & Winter varieties)
 

  • plant basil along side tomatoes
  Planting Other garden tasks