Planting Calendar for Victoria, BC

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 Transplant Seedlings 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 appear in the chart, that starting method is not recommended for that particular plant. Some crops do best when started outdoors rather than indoors, while others prefer the opposite.
  • Click on the name of a plant to see our corresponding Growing Guide.

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!

33% probability of frost free after April 14 (at SAANICHTON CDA, BC climate station).
Crop Based on Frost Dates   Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsTransplant SeedlingsStart Seeds Outdoors
Beans Apr 21-May 12
May 4-12
Beets Mar 31-Apr 21
Mar 31-Apr 4, Apr 20-21
Broccoli Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 24-Apr 14
Apr 5-14
Brussels Sprouts Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 17-20, Apr 5- 7
Cabbage Feb 16-Mar 2
Feb 16-19
Mar 17-31
Mar 17-20
Cantaloupe Mar 17-24
Mar 17-20
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Carrots Mar 9-24
Mar 21-24
Cauliflower Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 17-31
Mar 17-20
Celery Feb 2-16
Feb 4-16
Apr 21-May 5
May 4- 5
Collards Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 17-20, Apr 5- 7
Corn Apr 14-28
Apr 14-19
Cucumbers Mar 17-24
Mar 17-20
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Eggplants Feb 2-16
Feb 4-16
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Kale Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 17-20, Apr 5- 7
Kohlrabi Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 17-20, Apr 5- 7
Leeks Feb 2-16
Feb 4-16
Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 17-20, Apr 5- 7
Lettuce Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 31-Apr 28
Apr 5-19
Okra Apr 28-May 12
May 4-12
Onions Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 21-Apr 4
Parsnips Mar 24-Apr 14
Mar 24-Apr 4
Peas Mar 2-24
Mar 6-20
Peppers Feb 2-16
Feb 4-16
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Potatoes Apr 7-28
Apr 20-28
Pumpkins Mar 17-31
Mar 17-20
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Radishes Feb 16-Mar 9
Feb 20-Mar 5
Spinach Mar 2-24
Mar 6-20
Squash Mar 17-31
Mar 17-20
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18
Sweet Potatoes Mar 17-24
Mar 21-24
Apr 28-May 19
Apr 28-May 3, May 19
Swiss Chard Mar 2-17
Mar 6-17
Mar 24-31
Tomatoes Feb 16-Mar 2
Feb 16-19
Apr 21-May 12
May 4-12
Turnips Mar 17-Apr 7
Mar 21-Apr 4
Watermelons Mar 17-24
Mar 17-20
Apr 28-May 19
May 4-18