What to Plant Now | Central and Midwest Region

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

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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: Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association

Colorado: Colorado Organic Producers Association

Indiana: Indiana Organic Gardeners Association

Iowa: Iowa Organic Association

Kansas: Kansas Rural Center

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