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Planting Calendar for Irricana, 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 30 (at OLDS, AB climate station, elevation 3412 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Aug 12
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
May 30
BasilFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Jul 29
BeetsN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 2-6
Jun 13
Bell PeppersFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
N/AJun 17
Bok ChoyFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Jul 11
BroccoliFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jul 8
Brussels SproutsFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 3
CabbageFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
May 27
CantaloupesFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost Jun 6-13
Moon Jun 6-13
Jun 3
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2-6
Jul 1
CauliflowerFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
N/AJul 1
CeleryFrost Mar 6-21
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 30
Jul 1
ChivesFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Jul 15
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Jun 20
CollardsFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Jul 1
CucumbersFrost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Jul 1
DillN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 13
Moon May 23, Jun 7-13
Jul 15
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Jun 3
EggplantsFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
N/AJul 1
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
FennelFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 6-13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Jun 24
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 6-27
Moon Jun 6-21
Jul 1
Honeydew MelonsFrost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Jun 10
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
N/A
KaleFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
KohlrabiFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
LeeksFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
N/AMay 27
LettuceFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Jul 1
OnionsN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2-6
N/AJun 3
OreganoFrost Mar 21-Apr 18
Moon Mar 21-25, Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
N/AJul 1
ParsleyFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 2-Jun 6
Moon May 7-23
Jun 24
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost May 2-9
Moon May 2-6
Jun 3
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 22-Jul 4
PeasN/AN/AFrost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2-6
Jul 1
PumpkinsFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
May 27
RadishesN/AN/AFrost May 2-9
Moon May 2-6
Jul 15
RosemaryFrost Mar 6-21
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
N/AJul 15
SageFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
N/AJun 24
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2-6
Jun 3
SpinachFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost May 2-9
Moon May 7-9
Jun 13
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Jun 24
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 22-27
May 27
Swiss ChardFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost May 9-30
Moon May 9-23
Jun 13
ThymeFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 6-13
Moon Jun 6-13
N/AJun 17
TomatillosFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
N/AJun 24
TomatoesFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
N/AJun 10
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost May 2-9
Moon May 2-6
Aug 12
WatermelonsFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Frost Jun 6-13
Moon Jun 6-13
Jun 10
Winter SquashFrost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
May 20
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost May 9-16
Moon May 9-16
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost Jun 13-20
Moon Jun 13-20
Jul 8

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on September 9 (at OLDS, AB climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Jul 22-Aug 26
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jun 17-Jul 15
Moon Jun 22-Jul 4
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Jul 1-22
Moon Jul 5-21
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jun 10-17
Moon Jun 10-17
Frost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost May 20-Jun 3
Moon May 20-23
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jun 10-17
Moon Jun 10-17
Frost Jul 1-8
Moon Jul 5-8
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jun 24-Jul 1
Moon Jun 24-Jul 1
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jun 3-10
Moon Jun 6-10
Frost Jun 17-24
Moon Jun 17-21
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jun 17-Jul 15
Moon Jun 17-21, Jul 5-15
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jun 10-24
Moon Jun 10-21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Sep 23-Oct 1
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jun 24-Jul 8
Moon Jul 5-8
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Jul 8-29
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Jul 8-29
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Jul 29-Aug 12
Moon Jul 29-Aug 3
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Jul 22-Aug 12
Moon Aug 4-12
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Jul 1-15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Jul 8-22
Moon Jul 22
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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