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Planting Calendar for Ketchikan, AK

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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-season 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 Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 1 (at BEAVER FALLS, AK climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 13-Oct 18
Moon Sep 13-17, Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 9-Sep 6
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 23-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 4-9
Frost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 12-26
Moon Jul 12-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 4-9
Frost Aug 23-30
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 16-23
Moon Aug 20-23
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 26-Aug 2
Frost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 9-Sep 6
Moon Aug 9-19, Sep 2-6
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 2-16
Moon Aug 4-16
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 14-28
Moon Nov 16-28
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 16-30
Moon Aug 16-19
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 30-Sep 20
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 30-Sep 20
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 20-Oct 4
Moon Sep 20-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 13-Oct 4
Moon Sep 13-17, Oct 2-4
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Aug 30-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 13 (at BEAVER FALLS, AK climate station, elevation 36 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Oct 4
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Mar 30-Apr 7
Apr 13
BasilFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Apr 27-May 11
Moon May 7-11
Frost Apr 27-May 11
Moon May 7-11
Sep 20
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Mar 30-Apr 7
Frost Mar 16-23
Apr 27
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Apr 27-May 4
N/AAug 9
Bok ChoyFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Frost Apr 27-May 4
May 25
BroccoliFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Aug 30
Brussels SproutsFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Jul 26
CabbageFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Jul 19
CantaloupesFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 13-27
Moon Apr 13-23
Frost Apr 20-27
Moon Apr 20-23
Jul 26
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-30
Moon Mar 26-30
Aug 23
CauliflowerFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Apr 6-20
Moon Apr 8-20
N/AAug 16
CeleryFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Apr 13
Moon Apr 13
Aug 23
ChivesFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Sep 6
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Apr 13-27
Moon Apr 13-23
May 4
CollardsFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Aug 23
CucumbersFrost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Aug 23
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 6-27
Moon Apr 8-23
Sep 6
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 27-May 4
Jul 26
EggplantsFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Apr 27-May 4
N/AAug 23
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
FennelFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Apr 20-27
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Apr 13-27
Moon Apr 13-23
Aug 16
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 20-May 11
Moon Apr 20-23, May 7-11
Aug 23
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Aug 2
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Apr 27-May 4
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
KohlrabiFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
LeeksFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Mar 23-25
N/AJul 19
LettuceFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 16-30
Moon Mar 16-25
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Frost Apr 27-May 11
Moon May 7-11
Aug 23
OnionsN/AFrost Mar 16-30
Moon Mar 26-30
N/AJul 26
OreganoFrost Feb 2-Mar 1
Moon Feb 9-24
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
N/AAug 23
ParsleyFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Mar 16-Apr 20
Moon Mar 16-25, Apr 8-20
Aug 16
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-23
Jul 26
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost May 4-18
Moon May 4-6
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-30
Moon Mar 26-30
Aug 23
PumpkinsFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Jul 19
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-23
Sep 6
RosemaryFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Apr 27-May 4
N/ASep 6
SageFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
N/AAug 16
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-30
Moon Mar 26-30
Jul 26
SpinachFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Mar 16-23
Moon Mar 16-23
Apr 27
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 27-May 11
Moon May 7-11
Aug 16
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 27-May 11
Moon Apr 27-May 6
Jul 19
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Mar 30-Apr 13
Moon Apr 8-13
Frost Mar 23-Apr 13
Moon Mar 23-25, Apr 8-13
Apr 27
ThymeFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Apr 20-27
Moon Apr 20-23
N/AAug 9
TomatillosFrost Mar 1-16
Frost Apr 27-May 11
Moon May 7-11
N/AAug 16
TomatoesFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Apr 27-May 4
N/AAug 2
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 16-23
Oct 4
WatermelonsFrost Mar 23-Apr 6
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Frost Apr 20-27
Moon Apr 20-23
Aug 2
Winter SquashFrost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Jul 12
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 23-30
Moon Mar 23-25
Frost Apr 20-May 4
Moon Apr 20-23
Frost Apr 27-May 4
Aug 30
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