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Planting Calendar for Edmonton, AB

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The planting calendar below tells you when to plant in the SPRING and also plant in the FALL, based on your zip code or postal code.

Spring Planting Calendar

Our spring planting calendar starts with the very first dates that you can plant (based on the last spring frost). But if you've missed these dates, no worries! This is why we've added "last planting dates" to our spring calendar; this is meant to help new gardeners understand that if they missed the first spring planting window, they could still get crops in the ground.

In fact, many crops with short maturity times (such as radishes) can be succession planted all the way through the summer in northern areas. However, note that some cool-seasons crops such as kale and lettuce do not grow well in hot temperatures, which can cause bolting issues.  For some gardeners, especially in the South, a break to avoid summer heat is needed, but they can start once the heat has passed. 

The dates provided are based on the number of weeks before or after frost, so we can provide a unique calendar to every user in the country. Thus, several crops (especially similar crops) may appear to have the same date. Kale and lettuce, for example, or dates for starting seeds, like broccoli and cabbage. 

Fall Planting Calendar

When we say "fall," we really mean planting in summer in time for a fall harvest. Think of this as a second summer! It's easy to keep the crops going if you've already prepared the soil! 

Many crops that would be started indoors for a spring crop can just be plunked into the soil directly for a fall crop. Not only is the soil already warm but also there are less pests and it tends to be rainier so you don't need to water as often. Some fall vegetables need to be harvested by the first frost, but many are frost-tolerant and even taste better after a kiss of fall frost!

See each plant's individual Growing Guide for more specific planting, plant care, and harvesting information.

Specifically, on the charts, there are different columns labeled as follows:

  1. Start Seeds Indoors: When to sow seeds indoors to get an early start on the season.
  2. Plant Seedlings Outdoors: When to put small seedlings that you grew indoors (OR starter plants that you bought at a garden nursery) in the outdoor soil.
  3. Start Seeds Outdoors: When to plant seeds directly into the outdoor soil.
  4. Last Date to Plant: You may plant any time from the "start seeds" dates until this "last date." Don't wait any longer, or the crop won't have time to get to harvest before fall/winter frosts.

The "Moon Dates" indicate the best planting dates based on Moon phases. You can learn more about this age-old technique below.

When N/A appears in the chart, that starting method is typically not recommended, although it is likely still possible. 

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Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 15 (at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE A, AB climate station, elevation 2198 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Apr 24-May 8
Moon May 7-8
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
Aug 19
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost May 1-15
Moon May 1-6
May 15
BasilFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 29-Jun 12
Moon Jun 6-12
Frost May 29-Jun 12
Moon Jun 6-12
Aug 5
BeetsN/AFrost May 1-15
Moon May 1-6
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 24
May 29
Bell PeppersFrost Mar 5-20
Frost May 29-Jun 5
N/AJun 24
Bok ChoyFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Jun 26
BroccoliFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
Jul 15
Brussels SproutsFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
Jun 10
CabbageFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
Jun 3
CantaloupesFrost Apr 24-May 8
Moon May 7-8
Frost May 15-29
Moon May 15-23
Frost May 22-29
Moon May 22-23
Jun 10
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-May 1
Moon Apr 24-May 1
Jul 8
CauliflowerFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 8-22
Moon May 8-22
N/AJul 8
CeleryFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 20-24
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
Frost May 15
Moon May 15
Jul 8
ChivesFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Jul 22
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 15-29
Moon May 15-23
Jun 5
CollardsFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Jul 8
CucumbersFrost Apr 24-May 1
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Jul 8
DillN/AN/AFrost May 8-29
Moon May 8-23
Jul 22
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost May 29-Jun 5
Jun 10
EggplantsFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 29-Jun 5
N/AJul 8
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
FennelFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 22-29
Moon May 22-23
Frost May 15-29
Moon May 15-23
Jul 1
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 22-Jun 12
Moon May 22-23, Jun 6-12
Jul 8
Honeydew MelonsFrost Apr 24-May 1
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Jun 17
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Mar 5-20
Frost May 29-Jun 5
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
KohlrabiFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
LeeksFrost Mar 5-20
Frost Apr 24-May 8
Moon May 7-8
N/AJun 3
LettuceFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Apr 17-May 1
Moon Apr 17-23
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Frost May 29-Jun 12
Moon Jun 6-12
Jul 8
OnionsN/AFrost Apr 17-May 1
Moon Apr 24-May 1
N/AJun 10
OreganoFrost Mar 5-Apr 3
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
N/AJul 8
ParsleyFrost Mar 5-20
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
Frost Apr 17-May 22
Moon Apr 17-23, May 7-22
Jul 1
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 24
Jun 10
PeasN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-May 1
Moon Apr 24-May 1
Jul 8
PumpkinsFrost Apr 24-May 8
Moon May 7-8
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Jun 3
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 24
Jul 22
RosemaryFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 20-24
Frost May 29-Jun 5
N/AJul 22
SageFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
N/AJul 1
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-May 1
Moon Apr 24-May 1
Jun 10
SpinachFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost Apr 24-May 1
Frost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 17-23
May 29
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost May 29-Jun 12
Moon Jun 6-12
Jul 1
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 29-Jun 12
Moon May 29-Jun 5
Jun 3
Swiss ChardFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 1-15
Moon May 7-15
Frost Apr 24-May 15
Moon May 7-15
May 29
ThymeFrost Mar 5-20
Frost May 22-29
Moon May 22-23
N/AJun 24
TomatillosFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost May 29-Jun 12
Moon Jun 6-12
N/AJul 1
TomatoesFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost May 29-Jun 5
N/AJun 17
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 17-24
Moon Apr 24
Aug 19
WatermelonsFrost Apr 24-May 8
Moon May 7-8
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Frost May 22-29
Moon May 22-23
Jun 17
Winter SquashFrost Apr 24-May 1
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
Frost May 29-Jun 5
May 27
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Apr 24-May 1
Frost May 22-Jun 5
Moon May 22-23
Frost May 29-Jun 5
Jul 15

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on September 16 (at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE A, AB climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Jul 29-Sep 2
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jun 24-Jul 22
Moon Jun 24-Jul 4, Jul 22
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Jul 8-29
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jun 17-24
Moon Jun 17-21
Frost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 8-21
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost May 27-Jun 10
Moon Jun 6-10
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jun 17-24
Moon Jun 17-21
Frost Jul 8-15
Moon Jul 8-15
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jul 1-8
Moon Jul 1-4
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jun 10-17
Moon Jun 10-17
Frost Jun 24-Jul 1
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jun 24-Jul 22
Moon Jul 5-21
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Sep 30-Oct 14
Moon Sep 30-Oct 1
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Jul 15-Aug 5
Moon Jul 15-21, Aug 4-5
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Jul 15-Aug 5
Moon Jul 15-21, Aug 4-5
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Aug 5-19
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Jul 29-Aug 19
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Jul 15-29
Moon Jul 22-29
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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