Knowing when to plant is crucial to growing delicious vegetables in your garden. But when gardening with so many different varieties, it can be difficult to remember each planting time. In addition to frost tolerance, the ideal temperature for growing, harvesting schedules, and frost protection, every vegetable has a unique set of requirements. This blog serves as a planting calendar for Powell River, so you know when to plant fall vegetables!
When is the First Fall Frost in Powell River?
In Powell River, the average first frost of the autumn season falls on October 23rd. The last spring frost occurs around April 26th. Your home vegetable garden’s frost time will impact your planting schedule, regardless of what vegetables you plant. You will also want to garden with vegetables that fall into Powell River’s lucky hardiness zone of eight. The endless options include bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, winter squash, chives, and onions!
During spring, plant your bell pepper vegetable seedlings outdoors by May 3rd and by May 17th. You can start seeds indoors as early as mid-February so they are ready to transplant outside after frost. Bell peppers take between 60 and 90 days to grow. In the Fall, start seeds indoors (optional) by May 10th. Plant your seedlings outdoors by July 5th.
Corn should be started outdoors as you cannot transplant from seedlings. Plant your seedlings outdoors in the Spring between May 10th and 31st! Your corn should be ready for harvest about eight weeks after planting. To harvest for Fall frost, start this vegetable outdoors by July 15th.
For the Spring growing season, start your cuke seedlings inside between March 29th and April 5th. They will be ready to plant or transplant outdoors from May 10th to 24th. Cucumbers take between 50 and 70 days to grow. For Fall vegetable harvest, start your cucumber seeds outdoors by July 20th.
Start seedlings outdoors in the Spring growing season between May 10th and June 7th. For Fall, start seedlings outdoors by July 10th for Fall harvest. Winter squash pairs deliciously with fall dishes like winter squash casserole with rosemary! A mature plant takes about 110 days to grow from seed.
Chives can only be grown during the Spring growing season in Powell River. Start seedlings outdoors between the dates of March 29th and April 5th. Your chives will be ready to harvest about 30 days after transplanting or 60 days after seeding.
Cabbage seedlings can be started indoors as early as July 2nd and transplanted or planted outside by July 30th for the Fall growing season. Start your seedlings indoors during the Spring growing season between February 28th and March 15th. A cabbage plant’s growth time is anywhere from 60 to 100 days.
In the spring, plant your onions outdoors between March 29th and April 19th. These flavourful vegetables can only be grown in Powell River during the spring growing season! But if you store your onions at a temperature between 30°F and 50°F, you should be able to keep them fresh all year round! As a long maturing plant, growing time for onions takes between 100 to 170 days.
As a hardy vegetable, you can transplant your broccoli seedlings outdoors as early as March 29th for the spring growing season, depending on the last frost. For the Fall harvesting season, plant seedlings outdoors no later than August 9th. Broccoli takes about 55 to 85 days to reach its harvesting time.
Harvesting delicious crops with this veggie planting calendar for Powell River is easy and suited ideally to our climate and hardiness zone of eight! Visit us at Mother Nature Garden Centre for all your vegetable gardening needs!