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Basil Growing Season for Georgia

The NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides information to the public about spring and fall frost dates in the United States and the length of the expected growing season for each area. These statistics are calculated using data collected from 1971 to 2000, across 4300 weather stations located in every part of the country.

While informative, the statistics that NOAA provides is overwhelming. So, we took the liberty of extracting the most basic information that we feel would be useful to someone interested in growing basil outdoors.

The table below lists the date after which it should be safe to plant basil outdoors in each area of the state. This information is based on NOAA’s calculations for a 10% probability of temperatures falling below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that, on average, there is only a 10% chance that you will see frost after this date. Also listed is the estimated length of the growing season. This is how many days you can expect to have before the risk of frost is greater than 10%.

Please use this information at your own risk. You must take into consideration many varying factors, for example, micro-climates or the presence of valleys and bodies of water, to determine your actual growing season.

StateCountyLast Frost DateLength of Growing Season
GAAppling4/24177
GABacon4/12202
GABaldwin4/29171
GABanks5/04163
GABarrow5/05162
GABartow4/28171
GABen Hill4/06215
GABibb4/20183
GABrantley4/17193
GABrooks4/14198
GABulloch4/14195
GABurke4/20179
GACarroll5/12153
GACharlton4/07212
GAChatham4/11206
GAClarke4/24183
GAClinch4/20189
GACoffee4/13198
GAColquitt4/06212
GAColumbia5/10153
GACoweta4/28169
GACrisp4/17189
GADodge4/16194
GADougherty4/26176
GAElbert5/15145
GAEmanuel4/23182
GAFloyd5/03166
GAFulton4/18189
GAGlynn4/04225
GAGreene4/30170
GAHabersham5/15141
GAHall4/29173
GAHart4/27181
GAJackson5/04163
GAJasper4/21184
GAJefferson4/20184
GALaurens4/22177
GALiberty4/07215
GALumpkin5/14147
GAMcintosh4/01229
GAMeriwether5/03162
GAMiller4/15193
GAMitchell4/12193
GAMonroe5/07155
GAMuscogee4/16200
GANewton4/26173
GAOconee4/25175
GAPaulding5/06160
GAPickens5/14146
GAPierce4/25179
GAPolk5/03160
GAPulaski4/20182
GARabun5/22133
GARandolph4/11210
GARichmond4/27174
GAScreven4/18191
GASpalding4/24175
GAStephens5/07161
GAStewart5/01171
GASumter4/20189
GATalbot5/04162
GATattnall4/06216
GAThomas4/10210
GATift4/08211
GATroup4/23178
GATurner4/07205
GAUnion5/24129
GAUpson4/24183
GAWalker5/12149
GAWarren4/21184
GAWashington4/23177
GAWayne4/21181
GAWhite5/20135
GAWhitfield4/27172
GAWilkes4/29176
GAWilkinson4/27181