Fall Planting – Edibles

I get asked about when to plant things all the time.

To master the edible season, one really has to plan ahead.  Timing is everything with cool season and warm season crops.  The great news about cool season crops is that you can have several rounds of them in one season.  Unfortunately, warm season crops need all the summer we have to throw at them here in Oregon.  This means only one round of pumpkins, but several rounds of beets.

As fall approaches, it’s time to plant more cool season crops.  In Portland, our average first frost date is 10/18 (and our last is 4/26).  If you live in another location, you can find your local frost dates at victoryseeds.com/frost.  Below is a list of when to sow seeds, and take note that we are already counting down from week 11!

17 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans

16 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans, collards, Chinese cabbage

15 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans, collards, Chinese cabbage

14 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans, collards, Chinese cabbage, cabbage

13 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans, collards, cabbage, cauliflower

12 weeks before 10/18 – bush beans, lima beans, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, peas

11 weeks before 10/18 – collards, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, peas

10 weeks before 10/18 – collards, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, peas, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli

9 weeks before 10/18 – cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli, chard, head lettuce

8 weeks before 10/18 – cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli, chard, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, radishes

7 weeks before 10/18 – cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli, chard, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach

6 weeks before 10/18 – cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli, chard, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach

5 weeks before 10/18 – kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, chard, leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach

4 weeks before 10/18 – kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach

3 weeks before 10/18 – radishes, spinach

2 weeks before 10/18 – radishes

1 week before 10/18 – none

Frost!

Fall planting information is taken from Horticulture Magazine.

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