When to Plant Vegetables in Murphy, NC

Your vegetable planning guide for
Murphy, NC

On average, your frost-free growing season starts May 10 and ends Oct 7, totalling 150 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page.

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For the Spring:
Your planting strategy:
Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around March 29, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around March 1 and then transplant them into the garden around April 20. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around March 11. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Do you want to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around March 1. Then, around May 6 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the ground.

Now, for all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around May 10, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature. Having said that, we note that your location has a shorter than average growing season. Many summer vegetables need more days to mature than your area will provide. For that reason, we recommend you get a head-start by starting these summer vegetables indoors around April 20, and transplant those seedlings out after the danger of frost is past.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Asparagusn/aMar 26 - Apr 10n/a
Beansn/an/aMay 10 - Jun 7
Beetsn/an/aMar 15 - Mar 29
BroccoliMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
Brussel SproutsMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
CabbageMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aApr 26 - May 10
Carrotsn/an/aMar 29 - Apr 26
CauliflowerMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
Chardn/an/aMar 29 - Apr 12
CollardsMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
Cornn/an/aMay 10 - May 24
Cucumbersn/an/aMay 10 - May 24
EggplantsMar 1 - Mar 15May 10 - May 24n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aMay 10 - May 24
KaleMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
KohlrabiMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
LettuceMar 1 - Mar 15Mar 29 - Apr 26Mar 29 - Apr 26
MustardMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26n/a
Okran/an/aMay 10 - May 24
OnionsFeb 23 - Mar 1Mar 11 - Apr 10n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aMar 11 - Apr 10
Peas (Southern)n/an/aMay 10 - Jun 7
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aMar 11 - Apr 10
PeppersMar 1 - Mar 15May 10 - May 24n/a
Potatoesn/an/aMar 11 - Apr 10
Radishesn/an/aMar 26 - May 24
SpinachMar 1 - Mar 15Apr 12 - Apr 26Mar 26 - Apr 26
Sweet Potatoesn/aMay 10 - May 31n/a
TomatoesMar 1 - Mar 15May 10 - May 24n/a
Watermelonn/an/aMay 10 - May 24

For the Fall:
Your fall planting strategy:
Gardening in the fall can be much more challenging than spring planting, because you are in a race to get your crops mature and harvested before the winter frosts begin, around October 7. This means you need to consider how much time each variety needs between planting and picking. Those numbers vary widely between different varieties of the same kinds of plants! Usually the "Days to Harvest" are present on the seed packet.

Most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, for example, require around 100 days to harvest, therefore you'd want to transplant those into the ground around June 29. Anyway, it's important to remember that the numbers in this fall planting guide are only a starting point for you! Good luck and good gardening to you.

Fall is the time to plant garlic. Around August 23, take your cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 to 4 inches deep. This may not be accurate! Garlic dates vary wildly around the country. The way to be sure is to use a soil thermometer. When the soil temperature is 60° at a depth of 4 inches, then plant your garlic.

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around July 29, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around June 9 and then transplant them into the garden around July 19. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around July 24.

Now, for all the usual hot weather veggies like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around June 24.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Beansn/an/aJun 24 - Jul 24
Beetsn/an/aJul 24 - Sep 7
BroccoliMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
Brussel SproutsMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
CabbageMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aJun 9 - Jun 24
Carrotsn/an/aJul 9 - Sep 7
CauliflowerMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
Chardn/an/aJun 24 - Sep 7
CollardsJun 9 - Jul 24Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
Cornn/an/aJun 24 - Jul 9
Cucumbersn/an/aJun 24 - Jul 9
EggplantsApr 28 - May 13Jun 9 - Jun 24n/a
Garlicn/an/aJul 24 - Sep 7
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aMay 25 - Jun 24
KaleMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
KohlrabiMay 13 - Jun 27Jun 24 - Aug 8n/a
LettuceJul 9 - Aug 8Aug 8 - Sep 7Aug 8 - Sep 7
Mustardn/an/aAug 8 - Sep 7
Okran/an/aMay 25 - Jun 24
Onionsn/an/aSep 7 - Sep 17
ParsleyMay 25 - Jul 9Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aJul 9 - Aug 8
Peas (Southern)n/an/aMay 25 - Jun 24
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aJul 9 - Aug 8
PeppersMay 3 - May 18Jun 14 - Jun 29n/a
Potatoesn/an/aJul 9 - Aug 8
Radishesn/an/aAug 8 - Sep 7
SpinachJun 24 - Aug 8Jul 24 - Sep 7Jul 24 - Sep 7
TomatoesMay 3 - May 18Jun 14 - Jun 29n/a
Turnipsn/an/aAug 23 - Sep 22
Watermelonn/an/aMay 25 - Jun 24

How accurate is all this? For nearly all locations, we are confident in the dates. There are, however, some difficult areas of the world that don't match up perfectly with the dates we have given. For that reason, we recommend you use this guide as a very good starting place, but don't interpret the dates as absolutely perfect for every location.

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