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Planting Calendar for Fiddletown, CA

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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 21 (at SUTTER HILL CDF, CA climate station, elevation 1584 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 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 28-Mar 14
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Nov 4
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6-21
Mar 21
BasilFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Oct 21
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 25-28
Apr 4
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/ASep 9
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
May 2
BroccoliFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Sep 30
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Aug 26
CabbageFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Aug 19
CantaloupesFrost Feb 28-Mar 14
Frost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Frost Mar 28-Apr 4
Aug 26
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
Sep 23
CauliflowerFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 14-28
Moon Mar 14-25
N/ASep 23
CeleryFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Mar 21
Moon Mar 21
Sep 23
ChivesFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Oct 7
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Apr 11
CollardsFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Sep 23
CucumbersFrost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Sep 23
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 14-Apr 4
Moon Mar 14-25
Oct 7
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Aug 26
EggplantsFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/ASep 23
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
FennelFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 28-Apr 4
Frost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-25
Sep 16
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 28-Apr 18
Moon Apr 8-18
Sep 23
Honeydew MelonsFrost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Sep 2
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/A
KaleFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
KohlrabiFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
LeeksFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Feb 28-Mar 14
N/AAug 19
LettuceFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 21-24
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Sep 23
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
N/AAug 26
OreganoFrost Jan 10-Feb 7
Moon Jan 11-25
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/ASep 23
ParsleyFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Feb 21-Mar 28
Moon Feb 21-24
Sep 16
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 25-28
Aug 26
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 24-25
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
Sep 23
PumpkinsFrost Feb 28-Mar 14
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Aug 19
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 25-28
Oct 7
RosemaryFrost Dec 27-Jan 10
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/AOct 7
SageFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/ASep 16
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-Mar 6
Moon Feb 25-Mar 6
Aug 26
SpinachFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 21-24
Apr 4
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
Sep 16
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 4-7
Aug 19
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Mar 6-21
Frost Feb 28-Mar 21
Moon Mar 15-21
Apr 4
ThymeFrost Jan 10-24
Moon Jan 11-24
Frost Mar 28-Apr 4
N/ASep 9
TomatillosFrost Feb 7-21
Moon Feb 9-21
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 8-18
N/ASep 16
TomatoesFrost Jan 24-Feb 7
Moon Jan 24-25
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
N/ASep 2
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 21-28
Moon Feb 25-28
Nov 4
WatermelonsFrost Feb 28-Mar 14
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Mar 28-Apr 4
Sep 2
Winter SquashFrost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Aug 12
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Feb 28-Mar 6
Frost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 8-11
Frost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 8-11
Sep 30

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on December 2 (at SUTTER HILL CDF, CA climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Oct 14-Nov 18
Moon Oct 14-17, Nov 1-15
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Sep 9-Oct 7
Moon Sep 18-Oct 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Sep 23-Oct 14
Moon Oct 2-14
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Sep 2-9
Moon Sep 2-9
Frost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Oct 2-7
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Aug 12-26
Moon Aug 12-19
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Sep 2-9
Moon Sep 2-9
Frost Sep 23-30
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Sep 16-23
Moon Sep 18-23
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Aug 26-Sep 2
Moon Sep 2
Frost Sep 9-16
Moon Sep 9-16
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Sep 9-Oct 7
Moon Sep 9-17, Oct 2-7
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Sep 2-16
Moon Sep 2-16
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Dec 16-30
Moon Dec 16-29
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Sep 16-30
Moon Sep 16-17
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Oct 2-7
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Sep 30-Oct 21
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Oct 2-7
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Sep 30-Oct 21
Moon Oct 2-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Oct 2-7
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Oct 21-Nov 4
Moon Oct 21-31
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Oct 14-Nov 4
Moon Oct 14-17, Nov 1-4
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Sep 23-Oct 7
Moon Oct 2-7
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Sep 30-Oct 14
Moon Sep 30-Oct 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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