Planting Calendar for Cumberland, BC

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 20 (at COMOX A, BC climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
Basil Feb 23-Mar 9
Feb 23-Mar 9
Apr 20-May 11
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
BeetsN/AN/A Apr 6-27
Apr 8-21
Bell Peppers Feb 9-23
Feb 9
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
Broccoli Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Mar 30-Apr 20
Mar 30-Apr 7
N/A
Brussels Sprouts Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
Cabbage Feb 23-Mar 9
Feb 23-Mar 9
Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 24-Apr 6
N/A
Cantaloupes Mar 23-30
Mar 24-30
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/A Mar 16-30
Mar 16-23
Cauliflower Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 24-Apr 6
N/A
Celery Feb 9-23
Feb 9
Apr 27-May 11
Apr 27-May 7
N/A
ChivesN/AN/A Mar 23-30
Mar 24-30
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/A Apr 20-May 4
Apr 22-May 4
CornN/AN/A Apr 20-May 4
Apr 22-May 4
Cucumbers Mar 23-30
Mar 24-30
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
DillN/AN/A Mar 16-30
Mar 24-30
Eggplants Feb 9-23
Feb 9
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
Green BeansN/AN/A Apr 27-May 18
Apr 27-May 7
Kale Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 24-Apr 7
N/A
Lettuce Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Apr 6-May 4
Apr 6- 7, Apr 22-May 4
N/A
OkraN/AN/A May 4-18
May 4- 7
OnionsN/AN/A Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 23, Apr 8-13
Oregano Feb 9-Mar 9
Feb 9, Feb 24-Mar 9
Apr 20-May 11
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
ParsleyN/AN/A Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 24-Apr 6
ParsnipsN/AN/A Mar 30-Apr 20
Apr 8-20
PeasN/AN/A Mar 9-30
Mar 9, Mar 24-30
PotatoesN/AN/A Apr 13-May 4
Apr 13-21
Pumpkins Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 24-Apr 6
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
RadishesN/AN/A Feb 23-Mar 16
Mar 10-16
Rosemary Feb 9-23
Feb 9
Apr 27-May 18
Apr 27-May 7
N/A
Sage Feb 23-Mar 9
Feb 23-Mar 9
Apr 20-May 4
Apr 22-May 4
N/A
SpinachN/AN/A Mar 9-30
Mar 9, Mar 24-30
Squash (Zucchini) Mar 23-Apr 6
Mar 24-Apr 6
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A
Sweet Potatoes Mar 23-30
Mar 23
May 4-25
May 8-21
N/A
Swiss Chard Mar 9-23
Mar 9
Mar 30-Apr 6
Mar 30-Apr 6
N/A
Thyme Feb 9-Mar 9
Feb 9, Feb 24-Mar 9
Apr 20-May 11
Apr 22-May 7
N/A
Tomatoes Feb 23-Mar 9
Feb 23-Mar 9
Apr 27-May 18
Apr 27-May 7
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/A Mar 23-Apr 13
Mar 23, Apr 8-13
Watermelons Mar 23-30
Mar 24-30
May 4-25
May 4- 7, May 22-25
N/A

Find the best dates for planting vegetables and fruit in your garden! Our free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, as well as when to plant young plants outside.

How to Use the Planting Calendar

Simply put, a planting calendar is a guide that tells you the best time to start planting your garden. Most planting calendars are based on frost dates, which dictate when you should start seeds and when it's safe to plant outdoors in your area. Our planting calendar is customized to your location in order to give you the most accurate information possible.

On the planting calendar below, please note:

  • The Frost Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local average frost dates. Average frost dates are based on historical weather data and are the planting guideline used by most gardeners.
  • The Moon Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local frost dates and Moon phases. Planting by the Moon is considered a more traditional technique.
  • The Plant Seedlings or Transplants dates indicate the best time to plant young plants outdoors. This includes plants grown from seed at home and plants bought from a nursery. Although frost dates are a good way to know approximately when to start gardening, always check a local forecast before planting outdoors!
  • When no dates ("N/A") appear in the chart, that starting method is typically not recommended for that particular plant, although it likely still possible. See each plant's Growing Guide for more specific information. Some crops do best when started directly in the garden, while others are best started indoors and transplanted outdoors later on. Your climate and the length of your growing season are big factors in determining what to start indoors and outdoors.

To plan your garden more accurately in the future, keep a record of your garden's conditions each year, including frost dates and seed-starting dates!