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Zone 5 Vegetable Planting Guide

Zone 5 Vegetable Planting Guide

Mary Smith |

Zone 5 has slightly longer growing window for gardening compared to Zones 3 and 4. With a last frost date of approx May 1st and first frost date of approx September 15. First and last frost days may vary by 2 weeks (or more depending on the weather).

If you'd like to get a jump-start on Spring and Fall planting, it is possible to extend your season by starting seeds indoors. A simple setup might be a shop light over a table or as elaborate as a heated greenhouse or multiple racks with lights.

We hope that our USDA Zone Specific SEED planting guide with be a helpful tool in your garden planning and planting!


Start seeds indoors: Asparagus, Celery and Onion


Start seeds indoors: Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Peppers and Rosemary


Start Seeds indoors: Arugula, Beans: bush, pole, lima and dry, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Rosemary, Spinach and Tomatoes

Start Seeds outside: Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Dill, Endive, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach and Turnips

Plant all herb and flower seeds inside or outside depending on weather

Transplant: Asparagus, Celery and Onion


Start Seeds indoors: Beans: bush, pole, snap and Lima, Cabbage (late), Corn, Cucumber, Onion, Squash and Watermelon 

Start Seeds outside: Arugula, (mid to late May) Beans: bush, pole, snap and lima, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cantalope, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Muskmelon, Onion, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas: Garden, snap and Southern, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon

Plant all herb and flower seeds outside

Transplant: all remaining indoor seedlings


Start Seeds outside: Arugula, Beans: bush, pole, snap and lima, Beets, Chard, Corn: dent, field, popcorn & sweet, Cucumber, Melons, Muskmelon, Okra, Onions (bunching), Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Spinach (malabar), Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomato and Watermelon

There's still time to plant HERBS and WILDFLOWER seeds!


Start Seeds outside: Beans: bush, Chard, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Start Seeds indoors (for Fall): Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Peas and Spinach


Plant Seeds outside or indoors: Arugula, Bush Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chives, Kohlrabi, KaleLettuce, Mustard, Radish, Peas, Spinach and Turnips



Plant seeds outside:  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onion sets Lettuce, Radish and Spinach 




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When to sart leek seeds
Thank you


this very exciting what variety of heirloom lettuces are there any 100yr old variety


Trying to figure out what works at 8400ft altitude. Mostly anything that blooms and anything that is deer resistant. Not so much on veggies!

Susie Gillespie,

Is it too late to start ground cherry seeds inside for this crop season

Thank you


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