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Planting Calendar for Ruston, 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 20 (at RUSTON LA TECH, LA climate station, elevation 295 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 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Feb 27-Mar 13
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Oct 11
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 5-20
Moon Mar 5-20
Mar 20
BasilFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Frost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Sep 27
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 5-20
Moon Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 25-27
Apr 3
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 9-23
Moon Jan 11-23
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/AAug 16
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
May 1
BroccoliFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Sep 6
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Aug 2
CabbageFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Jul 26
CantaloupesFrost Feb 27-Mar 13
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Frost Mar 27-Apr 3
Aug 2
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 25-Mar 5
Aug 30
CauliflowerFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Mar 13-27
Moon Mar 13-25
N/AAug 30
CeleryFrost Dec 26-Jan 9
Moon Dec 26
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Mar 20
Moon Mar 20
Aug 30
ChivesFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Sep 13
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Apr 10
CollardsFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Aug 30
CucumbersFrost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Aug 30
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 13-Apr 3
Moon Mar 13-25
Sep 13
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Aug 2
EggplantsFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/AAug 30
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
FennelFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Mar 27-Apr 3
Frost Mar 20-Apr 3
Moon Mar 20-25
Aug 23
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 27-Apr 17
Moon Apr 8-17
Aug 30
Honeydew MelonsFrost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Aug 9
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 9-23
Moon Jan 11-23
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/A
KaleFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
KohlrabiFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
LeeksFrost Jan 9-23
Moon Jan 11-23
Frost Feb 27-Mar 13
N/AJul 26
LettuceFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 20-24
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Aug 30
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 25-Mar 5
N/AAug 2
OreganoFrost Jan 9-Feb 6
Moon Jan 11-25
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/AAug 30
ParsleyFrost Jan 9-23
Moon Jan 11-23
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Feb 20-Mar 27
Moon Feb 20-24
Aug 23
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 25-27
Aug 2
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 25-Mar 5
Aug 30
PumpkinsFrost Feb 27-Mar 13
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Jul 26
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 25-27
Sep 13
RosemaryFrost Dec 26-Jan 9
Moon Dec 26
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/ASep 13
SageFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/AAug 23
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-Mar 5
Moon Feb 25-Mar 5
Aug 2
SpinachFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 20-24
Apr 3
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
Aug 23
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 3-7
Jul 26
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Mar 5-20
Frost Feb 27-Mar 20
Moon Mar 14-20
Apr 3
ThymeFrost Jan 9-23
Moon Jan 11-23
Frost Mar 27-Apr 3
N/AAug 16
TomatillosFrost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 9-20
Frost Apr 3-17
Moon Apr 8-17
N/AAug 23
TomatoesFrost Jan 23-Feb 6
Moon Jan 23-25
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
N/AAug 9
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 20-27
Moon Feb 25-27
Oct 11
WatermelonsFrost Feb 27-Mar 13
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Mar 27-Apr 3
Aug 9
Winter SquashFrost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Jul 19
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Feb 27-Mar 5
Frost Mar 27-Apr 10
Moon Apr 8-10
Frost Apr 3-10
Moon Apr 8-10
Sep 6

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on November 8 (at RUSTON LA TECH, LA climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 20-Oct 25
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 16-Sep 13
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 30-Sep 20
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
Frost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 19-Aug 2
Moon Jul 19-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 9-16
Moon Aug 9-16
Frost Aug 30-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 23-30
Moon Aug 23-30
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Aug 2-9
Moon Aug 4-9
Frost Aug 16-23
Moon Aug 16-19
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 16-Sep 13
Moon Aug 16-19, Sep 2-13
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 9-23
Moon Aug 9-19
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 22-Dec 6
Moon Nov 22-30
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 23-Sep 6
Moon Sep 2-6
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Sep 6-27
Moon Sep 6-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Sep 6-27
Moon Sep 6-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 27-Oct 11
Moon Sep 27-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 20-Oct 11
Moon Oct 2-11
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 30-Sep 13
Moon Sep 2-13
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Sep 6-20
Moon Sep 18-20
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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