Starting from Seed

2011 Best Planting Dates for Seeds for Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Seeds for plants with a long growing season should be started indoors during the periods shown below.
  • Seeds for plants sown in the ground should be planted during the periods shown.
  • When no dates appear in the chart, that starting method is not recommended for the particular vegetable.

Tomato and Pepper Seedlings

 

Crop Start Seeds Indoors Moon-favorable Dates Start Seeds in the Ground Moon-favorable Dates
Beans Apr 30-May 14 May 3-14
Beets Apr 9-May 21 Apr 18-May 2
Broccoli Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19 Apr 9-16 Apr 9-16
Brussels sprouts Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19
Cabbage Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19 Apr 23-May 7 May 3- 7
Carrots Mar 26-Apr 9 Mar 26-Apr 2
Cauliflower Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19 Apr 23-May 7 May 3- 7
Celery Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19
Corn May 14-21 May 14-17
Cucumbers Apr 2-16 Apr 3-16 May 7-14 May 7-14
Lettuce Mar 19-Apr 2 Mar 19 Apr 23-May 14 May 3-14
Melons Apr 2-16 Apr 3-16 May 14-21 May 14-17
Onion sets Apr 2- 9 Apr 2
Parsnips Apr 9-30 Apr 18-30
Peas Mar 19-Apr 2 Mar 19
Peppers Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19
Potato tubers Apr 30-May 14 Apr 30-May 2
Pumpkins Apr 2-16 Apr 3-16 May 7-14 May 7-14
Radishes Apr 23-May 7 Apr 23-May 2
Spinach Mar 19-Apr 2 Mar 19
Squash, summer Apr 2-16 Apr 3-16 May 7-14 May 7-14
Squash, winter Apr 2-16 Apr 3-16 May 7-14 May 7-14
Tomatoes Mar 4-19 Mar 4-19

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