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Planting Calendar for Shishmaref, 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 August 26 (at NOME MUNI AP, AK climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Jul 8-Aug 12
Moon Jul 8-21, Aug 4-12
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jun 3-Jul 1
Moon Jun 3-5, Jun 22-Jul 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Jun 17-Jul 8
Moon Jun 17-21, Jul 5-8
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost May 27-Jun 3
Frost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost May 6-20
Moon May 7-20
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost May 27-Jun 3
Frost Jun 17-24
Moon Jun 17-21
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jun 10-17
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost May 20-27
Moon May 20-23
Frost Jun 3-10
Moon Jun 6-10
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jun 3-Jul 1
Moon Jun 6-21
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost May 27-Jun 10
Moon Jun 6-10
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 18-23
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jun 10-24
Moon Jun 10-21
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Jun 24-Jul 15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Jun 24-Jul 15
Moon Jul 5-15
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Jul 15-29
Moon Jul 22-29
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Jul 8-29
Moon Jul 8-21
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Jun 17-Jul 1
Moon Jun 17-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Jun 24-Jul 8
Moon Jun 24-Jul 4
N/A50Frost-tolerant

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on June 13 (at NOME MUNI AP, AK climate station, elevation 13 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 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jul 29
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon May 30-Jun 5
Jun 13
BasilFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Jul 15
BeetsN/AFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon May 30-Jun 5
Frost May 16-23
Jun 27
Bell PeppersFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/AJun 3
Bok ChoyFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Jul 25
BroccoliFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 24
Brussels SproutsFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
May 20
CabbageFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
May 13
CantaloupesFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Frost Jun 20-27
Moon Jun 20-21
May 20
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
Jun 17
CauliflowerFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
N/AJun 10
CeleryFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 13
Moon Jun 13
Jun 17
ChivesFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 1
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Jul 4
CollardsFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jun 17
CucumbersFrost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Jun 17
DillN/AN/AFrost Jun 6-27
Moon Jun 6-21
Jul 1
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 20
EggplantsFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/AJun 17
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
FennelFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 20-27
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
Jun 10
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 20-Jul 11
Moon Jun 20-21, Jul 5-11
Jun 17
Honeydew MelonsFrost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 27
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/A
KaleFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
KohlrabiFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
LeeksFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
N/AMay 13
LettuceFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost May 16-30
Moon May 16-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Jun 17
OnionsN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
N/AMay 20
OreganoFrost Apr 4-May 2
Moon Apr 8-23
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
N/AJun 17
ParsleyFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost May 16-Jun 20
Moon May 16-23, Jun 6-20
Jun 10
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost May 16-23
May 20
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 4
PeasN/AN/AFrost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
Jun 17
PumpkinsFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 13
RadishesN/AN/AFrost May 16-23
Jul 1
RosemaryFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/AJul 1
SageFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
N/AJun 10
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 24-30
May 20
SpinachFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost May 16-23
Moon May 16-23
Jun 27
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Jun 10
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jun 27-Jul 4
May 13
Swiss ChardFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 23-Jun 13
Moon May 23, Jun 7-13
Jun 27
ThymeFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Jun 20-27
Moon Jun 20-21
N/AJun 3
TomatillosFrost May 2-16
Moon May 7-16
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 10
TomatoesFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 18-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/AMay 27
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost May 16-23
Jul 29
WatermelonsFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 20-27
Moon Jun 20-21
May 27
Winter SquashFrost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 6
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Jun 24
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