Garden Planner: Spring Planting Guide

Are you thinking about what you will plant this year? Whether it’s early spring or late summer it always helps to have a detailed spring garden planner. Here are some great home and gardening tips for every color thumb.

If it’s late winter, you may not be thinking about a garden planner just yet, but remember – you want to start seeds indoor 6-8 weeks before your last frost date for the best harvest! March is the perfect time to get those tomato and pepper seeds started indoors ready for an early spring planting! These are the easiest of all vegetables to grow, plus you can take advantage of those warmer days in early spring by spending time outside!

Start seeds indoor 6-8 weeks before your last frost date for the best harvest!

Download the garden planner below!
garden planner spring planting layout

Step 1: Determine your last spring frost date

A frost date is the average date of the last light freeze that occurs in the spring. The possibility of frost occurring after the given spring dates is 50 percent. A frost is defined as a light freeze of temperatures ranging from 29 to 32 degrees farenheit.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the classification of freeze temperatures is based on their effect on plants:

Light freeze: 29° to 32°F—tender plants are killed.
Moderate freeze: 25° to 28°F—widely destructive to most vegetation.
Severe freeze: 24°F and colder—heavy damage to most plants.

garden frost

Your Zone Zone 10 Zone 9 Zone 8 Zone 7 Zone 6 Zone 5 Zone 4 Zone 3
Your Lowest Temp (F.) 30° to 40° + 20° to 30° 10° to 20° 0° to 10° -10° to 0° -20° to -10° -30° to -20° -40° to -30°
Your Last Frost
Date (approx)
February Early March Early April Late April Mid-May Late May Early June Mid-June

Map and zone information courtesy of

seedlings in garden

Step 2: Follow these tips for an instant garden

  • Cover planting beds with 2 inches of compost and plant directly into that.
  • Plant the garden as close to kitchen as possible.
  • Plant garden where it can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • Use transplants for slow-growing veggies like tomatoes.
  • Hand water newly planted seeds and transplants until their roots grow into soil.

What will you be planting this spring/summer? I am hoping to try carrots, tomatoes, peppers and squash. I will need to make some raised garden beds, but with so many ideas out there I should be able to do it myself, right?

I am definitely going to check out the books below for more information.

Have you tested your soil pH? Make sure your soil is ready for a garden!
How to Test Your Soil pH.

Very-Hardy Plants
These plants can tolerate hard frosts – usually 25 to 28 degrees F.
Brussels sprouts
English peas
Mustard greens

carrots in garden

Semi-Hardy Vegetables:
These plants can tolerate light frosts – usually 29 to 32 degrees F.
Chinese cabbage
Irish potatoes
Lettuce and gourmet salad greens
Swiss chard*

pumpkins in garden

After Frost Plants:
Southern peas
Summer squash
Sweet potatoes

Easiest plants for Beginners to Grow

If you are a beginner, like me, you probably want to start with easy plants! I am a perpetual beginner. I try and try and I just never really get the hang of it. But I still want to.

  • Snap Peas
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes

Step 3: Calculate and plan planting dates

Scroll down to download the garden planner below to determine when to plant seeds or seedlings in your area according to the last frost.

Download the Spring Garden Planner here to organize all of your planting and germination this year. Print out as many pages of each layout you need and staple or bind it at your local copy shop.
garden planner spiral book

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  1. I’m in SW PA and can’t wait to get started planting. Last year, we had to wait to Memorial Day. I’m hoping after the tough winter that it warms up quick and stays warm. Probably too much to ask!

  2. I would love to be a gardener and grow my own herbs and veggies, even just a small patch would be nice and helpful, I just have not had the motivation or time to really research it. Thanks for all the helpful tips.

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  7. I am in that crazy zone 10 so we are coming to the end of our growing season. Soon the heat and intense sun will fry everything but this is a great idea to plan our next years plantings.

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  9. Hello! Thanks for sharing this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I’m getting ready to work out in our yard and garden soon, so this is a very helpful post. I will be featuring this post on my blog tomorrow, for my Tuesday Treasures post of a few of my favorites I’ve discovered from the blog hop. I’ll link back here, of course, and would love to have you stop by and check out some of my other favorites. Hope to catch up with you this week at the blog hop! Sincerely, Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  10. Our water table is back to a non severe drought but, we still have to watch how much water we use where we live. Love your post. I miss gardening. Maybe we can invest in drought tolerate plants and spruce up our backyard area. Seriously loved all the rain we got this year.
    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing.

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  12. I wouldn’t say that I have a green thumb either, but we’ve been throwing ourselves into it for the last 10 years and I do think that I’m doing better than I was in the beginning. Still I think we have more failures than successes, but we did get a ton of strawberries, asparagus, onions and raspberries last year… even if most everything else failed. 🙂 And there was a lot that went into the ground.

    Still… with it being late winter, I’ve (finally) moved past the discouragement and have been making my big plans for this year’s garden. The winter planning is the part I’m best at. 🙂 I even ordered all my spring seeds last night. 🙂 That planner looks very helpful! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  13. I would love to add veggies to my container garden but don’t have much space on my balcony left. I just planted some lavender and flowers and hope to see some green from them soon! Found you via #homemattersparty. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thank you for the printable. I haven’t even thought about planting yet, but I know I need to start making plans. Thank you for sharing with us on Party in Your PJ’s.

  15. What a great planner for spring! Our off the grid homestead is in zone 5a/5b as well, (just over in Northwood, NH on Antique’s Alley) and there are some great reminders in here! Cheers for sharing this on the blog hop!

  16. You make an important point about putting the garden as close to the kitchen as possible. If it is too far away, it’s going to get neglected and you’ll be less motivated to harvest fresh things for dinner. Thanks for the printable. It’s really good.

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