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