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What to Plant Now: 

Not sure what seeds you could be starting right now, or which transplants need to be set outside this season? Our regional planting guides take the guesswork out of garden planning! Click on the current month below to find out which garden plants need your attention right now.

Central-Midwest Gardening Region map 



Don't live in the Midwest? Find garden planning information for your area. 

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

Regional Gardening Resources  

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) 

 Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association - This is one of the finest sites you’ll find on organic gardening and farming in any region. It includes links to extension publications and many other educational resources. 

Colorado: Colorado Organic Producers Association 

Indiana: Indiana Organic Gardeners Association 

Iowa: Iowa Organic Association 

Kansas: Kansas Organic Producers Association 

Michigan: Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance 

Missouri: Missouri Organic Association 


Good Reading About Your Region

Best Tomatoes for the Midwest, January 2010  

An Ohio Farm Gone Wild, February 2005 

Worthington Needs the Urban Chicken Movement, January 2009 

A Farm Named Genesis 1:29, January 1982 

East Wind, Missouri, July 1984  

An Eastern Oklahoma Transplant, January 1981 

Greener Pastures: Decorah, Iowa,  June 2002 

Athens County, Ohio,  May 1989 

Peninsula, Ohio,  September, 1976 

Great Places You've Never Heard Of: 

 Bloomington, Indiana,  August 2008 

Berea, Kentucky,  August 2008 

 Ames, Iowa,  August 2008 

 Viroqua, Wisconsin, August 2008 

Fairfield, Iowa, August 2006 

Fairfield, Ohio, August 2006 

Athens, Ohio, August 2006 

Eau Claire, Wisconsin,  August 2007 

Norman, Oklahoma, October 2009 

Rock Port, Missouri, October 2009 





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