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First Planting Dates

In Schoharie and Otsego Counties, the last average frost date is May 26 for Cobleskill and June 6 for Cooperstown and the first average fall frost is September 17 for Cobleskill and September 14 for Cooperstown.  The chart below shows dates various popular garden vegetables can be planted as seeds, sets, or transplants. For further assistance call our Master Gardeners Volunteers in the Cobleskill office at (518) 234-4303 or 296-8310 or Cooperstown office at (607) 547-2536. 

First Seeding & Transplanting Dates for Vegetables in NY

*  Indicates variety is transplanted
(x) Indicates variety may be transplanted or
  seeded. If transplanted probably should be later than date given.
(t) Indicates variety may be transplants, sets or seed.

As early as garden may be worked in spring or about April 15.
Beets, Broccoli (x), Brussels Sprouts (x), Cabbage (x), Carrots, Cauliflower (x), Celery (x), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions (t), Parsley, Peas, Radish, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Turnips, Rutabagas

After the date of the last average frost in Cobleskill and the Cooperstown area (May 26 to June 6).
Beans, Eggplant*, Pepper*, Popcorn, Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes*

After the soil has become warm in spring-June 1.
Basil, Cucumber, Muskmelon*, Okra*, Pumpkins*, Squashes, Summer Squashes, Winter*, Watermelon*

Last updated August 12, 2021