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When to Plant Veggies, Nebraska Extension Acreage Insights,

A basic planting schedule as the one below is a reasonable guideline for spring planting in eastern Nebraska. Of course, a little adjustment may be necessary - after all this is Nebraska - and it can snow in early April, without the batting of Mother Nature’s eye.

Planting Code A – greatest frost tolerance
Earliest reliable planting in the last week of March or first Week of April

  • Leaf and Head Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach

Between A and B

  • Radish

Planting Code B
Earliest reliable planting in first or second week of April

  • Beets
  • Broccoli Transplants
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower Transplants
  • Kohlrabi

Planting Code C
Earliest reliable planting in mid April to late April

  • Beets
  • Swiss Chard

Planting Code D
Earliest reliable planting in late April and early May

  • Sweet Corn

Between D and E

  • Snap and Pole Beans

Planting Code E
Least tolerance to frost, earliest reliable planting after May 10th

  • Lima Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Muskmelons
  • Pepper Transplants
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
John Fech
John Fech
Extension Educator - Horticulture
John Fech is a horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. The author of 2 books and over 200 popular and trade journal articles, he focuses his time on teaching effective landscape maintenance techniques, water conservation, diagnosing turf and ornamental problems and encouraging effective bilingual communication in the green industry. He works extensively with the media to extend the message of landscape sustainability, making over 100 television and radio appearances each year.

Contact John at:
Douglas/Sarpy County Extension
8015 W Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124-3175
(402) 444-7804

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