Frost-free growing season in 843

On average the frost-free growing season starts early March.

Roots and Shoot Nursery

Native plants greet you at Roots and Shoot Nursery

Photo by Caroline Albrecht

Grow ahead, get those hands dirty now, and enjoy the blooms, veggies, and fruits of your labor later.

The first day of spring is just around the corner on Tuesday, March 19. City Editor Callie here. To me, spring is synonymous with flowers and fresh starts, so let’s talk about how to refresh your garden.

The Charleston area has one of the longest growing seasons in the state. On average, the region is frost-free starting ~March 9.

Check out these awesome tools from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. You can plug your location and month of the year in, and it gives you gardening tips by month. The planting calendar tells you exactly when to plant your seeds or seedlings. Pro tip: use them to plan for gardening and landscaping.

To do

  • Keep a look out for insects. Pro tip: You can control aphids with a soapy spray on leaves.
  • Prune trees and shrubs before the dormant season ends.
  • Remember to water your plants, especially newly planted ones.


  • Now is a good time to plant bulbs like dahlia, canna, and gloriosa.
  • If needed, now is the time to fertilize azaleas, camellias, and palms.
  • Go ahead and plant warm-season annual flowers, such as asters and impatiens.

Fruits + vegetables

Direct planting

  • Beans | March 9 - April 6
  • Corn | March 9 - March 23
  • Cucumbers | March 9 - March 23
  • Okra | March 9 - March 23
  • Watermelon | March 9 - March 23

Transplants or planting seedlings

  • Eggplants | March 9 - March 23
  • Peppers | March 9 - March 23
  • Honeydew melons | March 15 - March 22
  • Tomatoes | March 9 - March 23
  • Sweet potatoes | March 9 - March 23

This is a short list of things that are good to plant right now. If you’re planting something else and want to share, lettuce know and you might be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Plan it out. Planting those bell pepper plants on the left side of the house versus the right side could impact the plant’s survival because of shade. So remember things like wind, soil type, moisture, humidity, and sunshine can impact the survival of plants.

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