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Planting Calendar for Soldotna, 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 24 (at SOLDOTNA 5SSW, AK climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Jul 6-Aug 10
Moon Jul 6-21
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jun 1-29
Moon Jun 1-5, Jun 22-29
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Jun 15-Jul 6
Moon Jun 15-21, Jul 5-6
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost May 25-Jun 1
Frost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost May 4-18
Moon May 7-18
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost May 25-Jun 1
Frost Jun 15-22
Moon Jun 15-21
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jun 8-15
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost May 18-25
Moon May 18-23
Frost Jun 1-8
Moon Jun 6-8
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jun 1-29
Moon Jun 6-21
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost May 25-Jun 8
Moon Jun 6-8
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Sep 7-21
Moon Sep 18-21
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jun 8-22
Moon Jun 8-21
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Jun 22-Jul 13
Moon Jul 5-13
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Jun 22-Jul 13
Moon Jul 5-13
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Jul 13-27
Moon Jul 22-27
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Jul 6-27
Moon Jul 6-21
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Jun 15-29
Moon Jun 15-21
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Jun 22-Jul 6
Moon Jun 22-Jul 4
N/A50Frost-tolerant

Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on June 20 (at SOLDOTNA 5SSW, AK climate station, elevation 180 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 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 27
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Jun 6-20
Jun 20
BasilFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 5-18
Frost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 5-18
Jul 13
BeetsN/AFrost Jun 6-20
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 24-30
Jul 4
Bell PeppersFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 11-23
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 1
Bok ChoyFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Aug 1
BroccoliFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jun 22
Brussels SproutsFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
May 18
CabbageFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
May 11
CantaloupesFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 18
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 24-Jun 5
Jun 15
CauliflowerFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 13-27
Moon Jun 13-21
N/AJun 8
CeleryFrost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jun 20
Moon Jun 20
Jun 15
ChivesFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Jun 29
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Jul 11
CollardsFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Jun 15
CucumbersFrost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Jun 15
DillN/AN/AFrost Jun 13-Jul 4
Moon Jun 13-21
Jun 29
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
May 18
EggplantsFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 15
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
FennelFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
Frost Jun 20-Jul 4
Moon Jun 20-21
Jun 8
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jun 27-Jul 18
Moon Jul 5-18
Jun 15
Honeydew MelonsFrost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
May 25
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 11-23
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/A
KaleFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
KohlrabiFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
LeeksFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 11-23
Frost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
N/AMay 11
LettuceFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 23
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 5-18
Jun 15
OnionsN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 24-Jun 5
N/AMay 18
OreganoFrost Apr 11-May 9
Moon Apr 11-23, May 7-9
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 15
ParsleyFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 11-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost May 23-Jun 27
Moon May 23, Jun 7-21
Jun 8
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost May 23-30
Moon May 24-30
May 18
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Jul 11-25
Moon Jul 22-25
PeasN/AN/AFrost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 24-Jun 5
Jun 15
PumpkinsFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
May 11
RadishesN/AN/AFrost May 23-30
Moon May 24-30
Jun 29
RosemaryFrost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 29
SageFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AJun 8
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon May 24-Jun 5
May 18
SpinachFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost May 23-30
Moon May 23
Jul 4
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 5-18
Jun 8
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 4
May 11
Swiss ChardFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jun 6-20
Moon Jun 6-20
Frost May 30-Jun 20
Moon Jun 6-20
Jul 4
ThymeFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 11-23
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
N/AJun 1
TomatillosFrost May 9-23
Moon May 9-23
Frost Jul 4-18
Moon Jul 5-18
N/AJun 8
TomatoesFrost Apr 25-May 9
Moon May 7-9
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
N/AMay 25
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost May 23-30
Moon May 24-30
Jul 27
WatermelonsFrost May 30-Jun 13
Moon Jun 6-13
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jun 27-Jul 4
May 25
Winter SquashFrost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
May 4
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost May 30-Jun 6
Moon Jun 6
Frost Jun 27-Jul 11
Moon Jul 5-11
Frost Jul 4-11
Moon Jul 5-11
Jun 22
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