First Day of Spring: Planting Dates 101

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Today’s the day...the first day of spring, that is! We hope you all are just excited as we are.

Here’s a fun fact about the first day of spring: “the equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, even if our clock times reflect a different time zone”

For many regions, spring means it’s time to start planting! With planting season on the rise, questions will arise regarding all aspects of gardening. Don’t fret! We are here for you with all the answers you may need.

When should you start your seeds? You are able to start your seeds indoors, up to 12 weeks prior and no later than 4 weeks prior to your last spring frost date. Below are some last spring frost dates for various cities around the country. The range of last spring frost dates for someone planting in Florida is going be at a different date than for someone who lives in Maine, for example.

Last Spring Frost Dates

  • Charlotte, North Carolina- March 29
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida- growing season is year round… no chance of frost
  • Des Moines, Iowa- April 20
  • Augusta, Maine- April 27
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado- May 4
  • Los Angeles, California- growing season is year chance of frost

To find out when your last spring frost date falls, follow this link: (this particular link shows Pop Up Produce’s home town, Charlotte, NC, but if you live elsewhere you’re able to type in your city and state to find out your last spring frost date)

If you haven’t started planting yet, don’t worry because you still have time. If you’re new to growing, you could always purchase one of our Fresh Start Kits. We have a downloadable guide to help you step-by-step throughout your growing journey, along with all the supplies you need to get started. For every Fresh Start Kit sold, one is donated to a family in a food desert. Enjoy your first day of Spring!


Giana Spear