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The Garden Planting Calendar for El Paso, TX

Your vegetable planning guide for
El Paso, TX

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Mar 22 and ends Nov 8, totalling 231 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page.

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For the Spring:
Your planting strategy:
Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around February 9, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around January 12 and then transplant them into the garden around March 2. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around January 22. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Do you want to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around January 12. Then, around March 18 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the ground.

Now, for all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around March 22, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Asparagus   Feb 6 - Feb 21  
Beans     Mar 22 - Apr 19
Beets     Jan 26 - Feb 9
Broccoli Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Brussel Sprouts Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Cabbage Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Cantaloupe     Mar 8 - Mar 22
Carrots     Feb 9 - Mar 8
Cauliflower Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Chard     Feb 9 - Feb 23
Collards Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Corn     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Cucumbers     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Eggplants Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Kale Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Kohlrabi Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Lettuce Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 9 - Mar 8 Feb 9 - Mar 8
Mustard Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8  
Okra     Mar 22 - Apr 5
Onions Jan 5 - Jan 12 Jan 22 - Feb 21  
Peas (English)     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Peas (Southern)     Mar 22 - Apr 19
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Peppers Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Potatoes     Jan 22 - Feb 21
Radishes     Feb 6 - Apr 5
Spinach Jan 12 - Jan 26 Feb 23 - Mar 8 Feb 6 - Mar 8
Sweet Potatoes   Mar 22 - Apr 12  
Tomatoes Jan 12 - Jan 26 Mar 22 - Apr 5  
Watermelon     Mar 22 - Apr 5

For the Fall:
Your fall planting strategy:
Gardening in the fall can be much more challenging than spring planting, because you are in a race to get your crops mature and harvested before the winter frosts begin, around November 8. This means you need to consider how much time each variety needs between planting and picking. Those numbers vary widely between different varieties of the same kinds of plants! Usually the "Days to Harvest" are present on the seed packet.

Most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, for example, require around 100 days to harvest, therefore you'd want to transplant those into the ground around July 31. Anyway, it's important to remember that the numbers in this fall planting guide are only a starting point for you! Good luck and good gardening to you.

Fall is the time to plant garlic. Around September 24, take your cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 inches deep.

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around August 30, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around July 11 and then transplant them into the garden around August 20. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around August 25.

Now, for all the usual hot weather veggies like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around July 26.

Okay, now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Beans     Jul 26 - Aug 25
Beets     Aug 25 - Oct 9
Broccoli Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Brussel Sprouts Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Cabbage Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Cantaloupe     Jul 11 - Jul 26
Carrots     Aug 10 - Oct 9
Cauliflower Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Chard     Jul 26 - Oct 9
Collards Jul 11 - Aug 25 Aug 10 - Sep 24  
Corn     Jul 26 - Aug 10
Cucumbers     Jul 26 - Aug 10
Eggplants May 30 - Jun 14 Jul 11 - Jul 26  
Garlic     Aug 25 - Oct 9
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Jun 26 - Jul 26
Kale Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Kohlrabi Jun 14 - Jul 29 Jul 26 - Sep 9  
Lettuce Aug 10 - Sep 9 Sep 9 - Oct 9 Sep 9 - Oct 9
Mustard     Sep 9 - Oct 9
Okra     Jun 26 - Jul 26
Onions     Oct 9 - Oct 19
Parsley Jun 26 - Aug 10 Aug 10 - Sep 24  
Peas (English)     Aug 10 - Sep 9
Peas (Southern)     Jun 26 - Jul 26
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Aug 10 - Sep 9
Peppers Jun 4 - Jun 19 Jul 16 - Jul 31  
Potatoes     Aug 10 - Sep 9
Radishes     Sep 9 - Oct 9
Spinach Jul 26 - Sep 9 Aug 25 - Oct 9 Aug 25 - Oct 9
Tomatoes Jun 4 - Jun 19 Jul 16 - Jul 31  
Turnips     Sep 24 - Oct 24
Watermelon     Jun 26 - Jul 26

How accurate is all this? For nearly all locations, we are confident in the dates. There are, however, some difficult areas of the world that don't match up perfectly with the dates we have given. For that reason, we recommend you use this guide as a very good starting place, but don't interpret the dates as absolutely perfect for every location.

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One final tip: you can compare our numbers with those at our friend Margaret Roach's website. She recently launched a garden calendar that has additional planting dates that we don' have. Check out her garden planting calendar on AWayToGarden.com. When it asks for your final spring frost date, just enter Mar 22 and you should be all set.

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