Planting By Color takes all the guesswork out of when to plant each vegetable in the garden. Seed packets are vague, at best, and books will have you adding and subtracting from your spring and fall frost dates. It can be a lot to keep track of! To make it simple and easy, I have created color groups. Once you find your color group, reference the charts, and it’s easy to figure out whether it’s too early or too late to plant each vegetable.
Find Your Color By Location
Here is a list of locations–these are weather stations, not necessarily the largest cities or towns. Many times you’ll see AP, which means airport. Look through the entire section for your state and find the CLOSEST location with the MOST SIMILAR weather patterns.
Find Your Color By Frost Date
|Spring Color||Dates||Spring Color||Dates|
|White Group||February 14-28||Yellow Group||April 16-30|
|Pink Group||March 1-15||Green Group||May 1-15|
|Red Group||March 16-31||Blue Group||May 16-31|
|Orange Group||April 1-15||Violet Group||June 1-15|
|Fall Color||Dates||Fall Color||Dates|
|Purple Group||September 16-30||Navy Group||November 1-15|
|Maroon Group||October 1-15||Olive Group||November 16-30|
|Brown Group||October 16-31||Goldenrod Group||December 1-15|
Go here for a printable list of frost dates and colors.