regional gardening calendars

Margaret's garden clogs and trowelTHE MONTHLY GARDEN CHORES are one of the most popular features on A Way to Garden (and they are all archived at this link). Though the how-to I offer in those columns will apply most anywhere–pruning a rose or sowing a tomato seed is similar, wherever the rose or tomato may grow–the when is not the same, of course.

To help you adjust the timing of my tips: My garden is in Zone 5B, in the Hudson Valley (NY)-Berkshires (MA) area, where frost can persist well into May and typically arrives again sometime in October. For more Zone-specific help, I’ve collected links, below, to some detailed garden calendars from elsewhere around the country.

Please note: There was not a good calendar for every state and microclimate within a state to be found. Within the list below, I expect you’ll find some directional choices for where you garden. If you know of another calendar I should include, let me know.

If you’re trying to figure out when to sow vegetable-garden, herb and annual flower seed, try my seed-sowing calculator, customizable to your frost-free dates.

monthly garden-chore calendars by region

west

Oregon

Washington

Cailfornia–University of California Extension:

California–“Los Angeles Times”

east

midwest

Illinois

Missouri

Indiana

Nebraska

south

Florida

Georgia

Mississippi–Mississippi State University Extension:

North Carolina–N.C. State University Extension:

Utah

West Virginia

southwest and intermountain regions

Arizona

New Mexico

Colorado

Texas–via Texas A&M University Extension:

Each month for many years, the “Aggie Horticulture Newsletter” from TAMU Extension carried Bill Welch’s calendar. Samples from the archives:

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