It’s hard to keep track of what to plant when in the garden, so check out this zone 7 vegetable garden planting guide to what you grow in the garden when.

Month by Month Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

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It’s hard to keep track of what to plant when in the garden, so check out this zone 7 vegetable garden planting guide to what you grow in the garden when. If you are in a higher zone, you can use it two weeks ahead of the dates listed, and if you are in a lower zone, two behind.

My Little Sprouts and I try our hardest to grow as much of our own food as possible. We like a wide variety of food, so we plant a wide variety of food. It’s hard to keep track of what to plant each month, so here is a guide to what you grow when.

garden vegetables on a shelf

Scroll down to the end of the post and check out the green text for a free printable month by month list. 

Oklahoma garden planning guide

We live in Oklahoma in Zone 7a, so you may have to check the USDA planting zones and see where your planting zone may differ. Click to check it out. In most cases, you can use the same list for your garden planning, but adjust it a few weeks one way or the other to find your optimal planting times. Check out all the Oklahoma growing zones here.

It’s hard to keep track of what to plant each month, so here is a vegetable garden planting guide to what you grow when. It will help a lot!

If you are north, you will need to do things a few weeks later, and if you are south, you will need to do things a few weeks earlier. It’s a fairly simple adjustment to your garden planning. 

seedlings growing in pots waiting for planting vegetable garden planting guide

This month by month vegetable planting guide will help you keep track of each type of plant and each growing season in your Oklahoma garden. There’s a free printable link at the very end of the post.

Our garden is run by preschoolers. They plant all the plants and harvest most produce. They do have a couple of pretty awesome weed patrol agents and garden prep staff.

We like to practice succession planting, or planting things every few weeks to spread out our harvest and have a continuous supply throughout the growing season. Our average last frost date is April 15, so if you find yours, you can adjust your planting times according to how many weeks away from ours it is.

This is average, so remember, anything can happen. We had a freeze in the middle of May one gardening year. You never know!

Lettuce and herbs growing in rows in the vegetable garden


Each plant has its own optimal time to go in the ground. That’s why we need a vegetable garden planting guide. Some plants do better when direct seeded into the ground, and some do better when they are grown indoors until they develop into good-sized seedlings and planted outside as plants.

Monthly planting calendar

Corn and cucurbits, which include cucumbers, melons, and squashes prefer not to have their roots disturbed and don’t transplant well so you want to direct seed them in the ground when possible. Cruciferous and nightshades such as cabbages, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes and peppers don’t germinate in the ground as well and prefer to be started in a controlled environment.

They are finicky germinators. They like constant temperatures when they sprout. In addition, carrots, lettuce, peas, and radishes germinate well in the ground outside. Okra does well direct seeded too.

child planting pepper plant in the garden

There are some plants that are replanted to grow a new crop, such as garlic. You just take a head of homegrown garlic or garlic intended for planting and not eating, and break off each clove and plant it in the ground. A new head will grow from that clove.

Here’s a link to garlic seed like we plant. Softneck is great for storage and if you don’t plant it all, you can just eat the rest. 

Potatoes are cut into individual chunks and cured for two weeks and then planted in the ground. Sweet potatoes are sprouted in water and the “slips” or green parts that grow are planted directly into the ground. Onions do better when you plant a set or tiny onion plant than when you try to grow them from seed. That is our experience anyway, anything is possible.

Colander full of fresh picked green beans, peas and tomatoes.

Here in the deep summer, it’s too hot to plant anything. These months are filled with harvesting and struggling to keep your plants alive and keep them from drying out too fast. You may be able to plant some things during this time, but not usually. Let your instincts guide you in the garden.

Even if you think you can’t garden because you don’t have a yard or live in an apartment, click the highlighted text to see how you can!

Zone 7 planting schedule

This is the zone 7 planting schedule we use at Little Sprouts. For a free printable copy, scroll to the end and click on the link. 

February:                 Cabbage                            Plant

                                Carrots                              Seed

                                Cauliflower                         Plant

                                Swiss Chard                       Seed

                                Kohlrabi                             Seed

                                Lettuce                              Seed or Plant

                                Onion                                Sets or Plant

                                Peas                                  Seed

                                Potato                               Tuber pieces

                                Spinach                             Seed

                                Kale                                  Seed

Month by month planting guide

March:                     Cabbage                              Plant

                                Carrots                               Seed

                                Cauliflower                          Plant

                                Swiss Chard                        Seed

                                Kohlrabi                              Seed

                                Lettuce                               Seed or Plant

                                Onion                                 Sets or Plant

                                Peas                                   Seed

                                Potato                                Tuber pieces

                                Radish                                Seed

                                Spinach                              Seed

                                Broccoli                              Plant

                                Kale                                   Seed

                                Herbs                                 Plants

April:                       Radish                                Seed

                                Beans                                 Seed

                                Cucumber                           Seed or Plant

                                Pumpkin                             Seed

                                Summer Squash                  Seed or Plant

                                Corn                                   Seed

                                Herbs                                 Plants

                                Flowers                              Seed

May:                         Melons                              Seed

                                Cucumber                          Seed or Plant

                                Okra                                  Seed

                                Pepper                               Plant

                                Tomato                              Plant

                                Pumpkin                            Seed

                                Summer Squash                Seed

                                Winter Squash                   Seed

                                Sweet Potato                     Plant (slips)

                                Tomatillos                         Plant

Vegetable planting guide zone 7

June:                       Cucumber                         Seed

                                Okra                                Seed

                                Pepper                             Plant

                                Tomato                            Plant

                                Summer Squash               Seed

                                Winter Squash                  Seed

                                Sweet Potato                    Plant (slips)

                                Tomatillo                          Plant

September:             Cabbage                           Plant

                                Carrots                            Seed

                                Cauliflower                       Plant

                                Swiss Chard                     Seed

                                Kohlrabi                           Seed

                                Lettuce                            Seed or Plant

                                Onion                              Sets or Plant

                                Peas                                Seed

                                Potato                              Tuber pieces

                                Spinach                            Seed

                                Broccoli                            Plant                     

                                Kale                                 Seed

Gardening month by month

October:                  Cabbage                           Plant

                                Carrots                             Seed

                                Cauliflower                        Plant

                                Swiss Chard                      Seed

                                Kohlrabi                            Seed

                                Lettuce                             Seed or Plant

                                Onion                               Sets or Plant

                                Peas                                 Seed

                                Potato                               Tuber pieces

                                Radish                               Seed

                                Spinach                             Seed

                                Broccoli                             Plant

                                Kale                                  Seed

                                Garlic                                Clove

For more tips on what to do in the garden:

What to do in the garden in

Oklahoma planting chart

What are you planning to plant in the garden? For seeds from the Little Sprouts garden such as Luffa seeds and okra seeds, check out our Etsy page. I hope this vegetable garden planting guide helps you work it out. If you want to check out how to plan your garden, click here. Happy planting!

And don’t forget to plan your garden with companion planting ideas in mind. You’ll have more garden success!

For links to free garden seed catalogs, click on the highlighted text. 

Click here if you want to garden, but you don’t know how?

Free printable month by month garden planting guide

Month by month garden planting guide free printable

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It’s hard to keep track of what to plant when in the garden, so check out this zone 7 vegetable garden planting guide to what you grow in the garden when.

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  1. Christina,

    What a lovely page you have. How wonderful that you are teaching this to the children in your care. My babies are in college now, but I would have loved it if they had an opportunity to garden at childcare. I live in northern California (zone 9b) and work at a large agriculture university where I have access to a lot of master gardeners, but I would rather ask you a garden question. I’m a big tomato, cucumber, and squash gardener. This will be my first year ever to do green beans. From what I have read, it says to plant seed directly into the garden bed and not start seeds indoors. Do you have any tips or thoughts on that? Thank you. Gina

    1. Hi Gina, thanks so much for your comments and for reading the post. Yes, i would totally direct sow green bean seeds in the ground. That’s what we do and I have read that they don’t like to be transplanted once they sprout so they like that best. They have a fairly short growing season, so there’s no need to rush getting them planted inside anyway. Thanks for your question. Have a great day!

  2. Great post! The planting guide is very helpful and my sister will be very glad to have it for planning her garden. My daughters will be very interested of your post too. The love to help me in the garden. Happy gardening!

  3. I didn’t realize we are neighbors, of sort, both living in Oklahoma!
    I love gardening, probably because my Dad enjoyed it so much.
    This will be my first Spring in our house (we recently moved here
    from Louisiana) so will probably just plant a few container things.
    But I’ll enjoy seeing your garden. BTW, your little Sprouts are

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