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Planting Calendar for Alexandria, LA

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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-seasons 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 Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on March 6 (at ALEXANDRIA, LA climate station, elevation 88 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 14-28
Moon Feb 14-24
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Oct 21
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
Mar 6
BasilFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Oct 7
BeetsN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 7-8
Mar 20
Bell PeppersFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
N/AAug 26
Bok ChoyFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Apr 17
BroccoliFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Sep 16
Brussels SproutsFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Aug 12
CabbageFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Aug 5
CantaloupesFrost Feb 14-28
Moon Feb 14-24
Frost Mar 6-20
Moon Mar 10-20
Frost Mar 13-20
Moon Mar 13-20
Aug 12
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 7-8
Sep 9
CauliflowerFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 28-Mar 13
Moon Mar 10-13
N/ASep 9
CeleryFrost Dec 13-27
Moon Dec 13-26
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost Mar 6
Sep 9
ChivesFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Sep 23
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 6-20
Moon Mar 10-20
Mar 27
CollardsFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Sep 9
CucumbersFrost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Sep 9
DillN/AN/AFrost Feb 28-Mar 20
Moon Mar 10-20
Sep 23
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Aug 12
EggplantsFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
N/ASep 9
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
FennelFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 13-20
Moon Mar 13-20
Frost Mar 6-20
Moon Mar 10-20
Sep 2
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 13-Apr 3
Moon Mar 13-25
Sep 9
Honeydew MelonsFrost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Aug 19
JalapeΓ±o PeppersFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
N/A
KaleFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
KohlrabiFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
LeeksFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Feb 14-28
Moon Feb 14-24
N/AAug 5
LettuceFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Sep 9
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 7-8
N/AAug 12
OreganoFrost Dec 27-Jan 24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
N/ASep 9
ParsleyFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost Feb 7-Mar 13
Moon Feb 9-24
Sep 2
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 7-8
Aug 12
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 7-8
Sep 9
PumpkinsFrost Feb 14-28
Moon Feb 14-24
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Aug 5
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 7-8
Sep 23
RosemaryFrost Dec 13-27
Moon Dec 13-26
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
N/ASep 23
SageFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
N/ASep 2
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 7-8
Aug 12
SpinachFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 9-14
Mar 20
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Sep 2
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 26-Apr 3
Aug 5
Swiss ChardFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Feb 14-Mar 6
Moon Feb 14-24
Mar 20
ThymeFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Mar 13-20
Moon Mar 13-20
N/AAug 26
TomatillosFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
N/ASep 2
TomatoesFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
N/AAug 19
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 7-14
Moon Feb 7-8
Oct 21
WatermelonsFrost Feb 14-28
Moon Feb 14-24
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 13-20
Moon Mar 13-20
Aug 19
Winter SquashFrost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Jul 29
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Feb 14-21
Moon Feb 14-21
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
Frost Mar 20-27
Moon Mar 20-25
Sep 16

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 18 (at ALEXANDRIA, LA climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 30-Nov 4
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 26-Sep 23
Moon Aug 26-Sep 1, Sep 18-23
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Sep 9-30
Moon Sep 9-17
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 19-26
Moon Aug 19
Frost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 9-17
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 29-Aug 12
Moon Aug 4-12
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 19-26
Moon Aug 19
Frost Sep 9-16
Moon Sep 9-16
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Sep 2-9
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Aug 12-19
Moon Aug 12-19
Frost Aug 26-Sep 2
Moon Sep 2
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 26-Sep 23
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 19-Sep 2
Moon Aug 19
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Dec 2-16
Moon Dec 16
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Sep 2-16
Moon Sep 2-16
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 9-17
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Sep 16-Oct 7
Moon Sep 16-17, Oct 2-7
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 9-17
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Sep 16-Oct 7
Moon Sep 16-17, Oct 2-7
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 9-17
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Oct 7-21
Moon Oct 18-21
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 30-Oct 21
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Sep 9-23
Moon Sep 9-17
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Sep 16-30
Moon Sep 18-30
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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