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Planting Calendar for Ponoka, 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 June 7 (at LACOMBE CDA, AB climate station, elevation 2778 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 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost May 17-31
Moon May 17-23
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Aug 3
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost May 24-Jun 7
Moon May 24-Jun 5
Jun 7
BasilFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 21
Jul 20
BeetsN/AFrost May 24-Jun 7
Moon May 24-Jun 5
Frost May 10-17
Jun 21
Bell PeppersFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
N/AJun 8
Bok ChoyFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Jul 19
BroccoliFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 29
Brussels SproutsFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
May 25
CabbageFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
May 18
CantaloupesFrost May 17-31
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 7-21
Moon Jun 7-21
Frost Jun 14-21
Moon Jun 14-21
May 25
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 24
Jun 22
CauliflowerFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 31-Jun 14
Moon Jun 6-14
N/AJun 22
CeleryFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost Jun 7
Moon Jun 7
Jun 22
ChivesFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Jul 6
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Jun 7-21
Moon Jun 7-21
Jun 28
CollardsFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Jun 22
CucumbersFrost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Jun 22
DillN/AN/AFrost May 31-Jun 21
Moon Jun 6-21
Jul 6
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
May 25
EggplantsFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
N/AJun 22
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
FennelFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost Jun 14-21
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost Jun 7-21
Moon Jun 7-21
Jun 15
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 14-Jul 5
Moon Jun 14-21, Jul 5
Jun 22
Honeydew MelonsFrost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Jun 1
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
N/A
KaleFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
KohlrabiFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
LeeksFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 17-31
Moon May 17-23
N/AMay 18
LettuceFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 21
Jun 22
OnionsN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 24
N/AMay 25
OreganoFrost Mar 29-Apr 26
Moon Apr 8-23
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
N/AJun 22
ParsleyFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost May 10-Jun 14
Moon May 10-23, Jun 6-14
Jun 15
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
May 25
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Jun 28-Jul 12
Moon Jun 28-Jul 4
PeasN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 24
Jun 22
PumpkinsFrost May 17-31
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
May 18
RadishesN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
Jul 6
RosemaryFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
N/AJul 6
SageFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
N/AJun 15
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 24
May 25
SpinachFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 21
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 21
Jun 15
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 22-Jul 4
May 18
Swiss ChardFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 24-Jun 7
Moon Jun 6-7
Frost May 17-Jun 7
Moon May 17-23, Jun 6-7
Jun 21
ThymeFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Jun 14-21
Moon Jun 14-21
N/AJun 8
TomatillosFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost Jun 21-Jul 5
Moon Jun 21
N/AJun 15
TomatoesFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
N/AJun 1
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
Aug 3
WatermelonsFrost May 17-31
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Frost Jun 14-21
Moon Jun 14-21
Jun 1
Winter SquashFrost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
May 11
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost May 17-24
Moon May 17-23
Frost Jun 14-28
Moon Jun 14-21
Frost Jun 21-28
Moon Jun 21
Jun 29

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on August 31 (at LACOMBE CDA, AB climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Jul 13-Aug 17
Moon Jul 13-21, Aug 4-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jun 8-Jul 6
Moon Jun 22-Jul 4
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Jun 22-Jul 13
Moon Jul 5-13
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jun 1-8
Moon Jun 6-8
Frost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost May 11-25
Moon May 11-23
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jun 1-8
Moon Jun 6-8
Frost Jun 22-29
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jun 15-22
Moon Jun 22
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost May 25-Jun 1
Frost Jun 8-15
Moon Jun 8-15
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jun 8-Jul 6
Moon Jun 8-21, Jul 5-6
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jun 1-15
Moon Jun 6-15
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Sep 14-28
Moon Sep 18-28
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Jun 29-Jul 20
Moon Jul 5-20
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Jun 29-Jul 20
Moon Jul 5-20
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Jul 20-Aug 3
Moon Jul 22-Aug 3
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Jul 13-Aug 3
Moon Jul 13-21
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jul 5-6
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Jun 29-Jul 13
Moon Jun 29-Jul 4
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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