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The Garden Planting Calendar for Parkersburg, WV

Your vegetable planning guide for
Parkersburg, WV

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Apr 21 and ends Oct 22, totalling 184 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 March 10, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around February 11 and then transplant them into the garden around April 1. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around February 21. 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 February 11. Then, around April 17 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 April 21, 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   Mar 7 - Mar 22  
Beans     Apr 21 - May 19
Beets     Feb 25 - Mar 10
Broccoli Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Brussel Sprouts Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Cabbage Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Cantaloupe     Apr 7 - Apr 21
Carrots     Mar 10 - Apr 7
Cauliflower Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Chard     Mar 10 - Mar 24
Collards Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Corn     Apr 21 - May 5
Cucumbers     Apr 21 - May 5
Eggplants Feb 11 - Feb 25 Apr 21 - May 5  
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Apr 21 - May 5
Kale Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Kohlrabi Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Lettuce Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 10 - Apr 7 Mar 10 - Apr 7
Mustard Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7  
Okra     Apr 21 - May 5
Onions Feb 4 - Feb 11 Feb 21 - Mar 22  
Peas (English)     Feb 21 - Mar 22
Peas (Southern)     Apr 21 - May 19
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Feb 21 - Mar 22
Peppers Feb 11 - Feb 25 Apr 21 - May 5  
Potatoes     Feb 21 - Mar 22
Radishes     Mar 7 - May 5
Spinach Feb 11 - Feb 25 Mar 24 - Apr 7 Mar 7 - Apr 7
Sweet Potatoes   Apr 21 - May 12  
Tomatoes Feb 11 - Feb 25 Apr 21 - May 5  
Watermelon     Apr 21 - May 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 October 22. 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 14. 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 7, 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 13, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around June 24 and then transplant them into the garden around August 3. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around August 8.

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 9.

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 9 - Aug 8
Beets     Aug 8 - Sep 22
Broccoli May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Brussel Sprouts May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Cabbage May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Cantaloupe     Jun 24 - Jul 9
Carrots     Jul 24 - Sep 22
Cauliflower May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Chard     Jul 9 - Sep 22
Collards Jun 24 - Aug 8 Jul 24 - Sep 7  
Corn     Jul 9 - Jul 24
Cucumbers     Jul 9 - Jul 24
Eggplants May 13 - May 28 Jun 24 - Jul 9  
Garlic     Aug 8 - Sep 22
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     Jun 9 - Jul 9
Kale May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Kohlrabi May 28 - Jul 12 Jul 9 - Aug 23  
Lettuce Jul 24 - Aug 23 Aug 23 - Sep 22 Aug 23 - Sep 22
Mustard     Aug 23 - Sep 22
Okra     Jun 9 - Jul 9
Onions     Sep 22 - Oct 2
Parsley Jun 9 - Jul 24 Jul 24 - Sep 7  
Peas (English)     Jul 24 - Aug 23
Peas (Southern)     Jun 9 - Jul 9
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Jul 24 - Aug 23
Peppers May 18 - Jun 2 Jun 29 - Jul 14  
Potatoes     Jul 24 - Aug 23
Radishes     Aug 23 - Sep 22
Spinach Jul 9 - Aug 23 Aug 8 - Sep 22 Aug 8 - Sep 22
Tomatoes May 18 - Jun 2 Jun 29 - Jul 14  
Turnips     Sep 7 - Oct 7
Watermelon     Jun 9 - Jul 9

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 Apr 21 and you should be all set.

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