Garden Planting Frost Dates By Zone

If you plan to start a garden this year, it is crucial that you know your planting zone. By this you will be able to know which plants grow well in your area, and when it is safe to plant them.

Check out this map, and find your location to determine your planting zone. Then research the plant varieties you’d like to grow, and find out which grow best where you are.

You’ll also need to know the average expected frost free dates for your area so that you don’t plant too soon and lose your seedlings to freezing temps. Of course, winter weather patterns will vary, but you can use the following chart as a guide.

Last Expected Spring Frost Dates by Zone

ZoneLast Expected Frost Date
Zone 1June1 – June 30
Zone 2May 1 – May 31
Zone 3May 1 – May31
Zone 4May 1 – May31
Zone 5March 30 – April 30
Zone 6March 30 – April 30
Zone 7March 30 – April 30
Zone 8February 28 – March 30
Zone 9January 30 – February 28
Zone 10January 1 – January 31
Zone 11Frost Free Year Round

Once your seedlings are planted outside, you must keep an eye on the weather. If the weather man is calling for a frost, make sure to cover your fragile seedlings with something such as a plastic 2 liter bottle with the bottom cut off, to protect it from the cold.

3 thoughts on “Garden Planting Frost Dates By Zone”

  1. Pam, you’re my hero! I am in LOOOOVE with this seed starting chart. I sat for hours today trying to calculate when to plant several things, and started making a calendar of starting seeds and planting in the garden. You don’t know how much time you just saved me. I cross referenced this downloadable chart with what I have so far, and it matches up almost perfectly. Thank you so much!!

  2. I thought you and your members might be interested in an interactive version (using google maps) of the current USDA zone hardiness map at
    There are also detailed interactive zone maps for each US State such as Tennessee for example:

    There is a detailed zipcode to zone search using the latest US postal service zips and giving the reader their zone down to the sub zone level (a or b). By entering your zipcode you can also get first/last freeze, Heat Zones, drought conditions and annual climatology for your area.
    You can also embed the zip to zone search in your website using the plantmaps widget at



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