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The Garden Planting Calendar for Show Low Airport, AZ

Your vegetable planning guide for
Show Low Airport, AZ

On average, your frost-free growing season starts May 13 and ends Oct 13, totalling 153 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 April 1, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around March 4 and then transplant them into the garden around April 23. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around March 14. 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 March 4. Then, around May 9 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 May 13, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature. Having said that, we note that your location has a shorter than average growing season. Many summer vegetables need more days to mature than your area will provide. For that reason, we recommend you get a head-start by starting these summer vegetables indoors around April 23, and transplant those seedlings out after the danger of frost is past.

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 29 - Apr 13  
Beans     May 13 - Jun 10
Beets     Mar 18 - Apr 1
Broccoli Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Brussel Sprouts Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Cabbage Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Cantaloupe     Apr 29 - May 13
Carrots     Apr 1 - Apr 29
Cauliflower Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Chard     Apr 1 - Apr 15
Collards Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Corn     May 13 - May 27
Cucumbers     May 13 - May 27
Eggplants Mar 4 - Mar 18 May 13 - May 27  
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     May 13 - May 27
Kale Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Kohlrabi Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Lettuce Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 1 - Apr 29 Apr 1 - Apr 29
Mustard Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29  
Okra     May 13 - May 27
Onions Feb 26 - Mar 4 Mar 14 - Apr 13  
Peas (English)     Mar 14 - Apr 13
Peas (Southern)     May 13 - Jun 10
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Mar 14 - Apr 13
Peppers Mar 4 - Mar 18 May 13 - May 27  
Potatoes     Mar 14 - Apr 13
Radishes     Mar 29 - May 27
Spinach Mar 4 - Mar 18 Apr 15 - Apr 29 Mar 29 - Apr 29
Sweet Potatoes   May 13 - Jun 3  
Tomatoes Mar 4 - Mar 18 May 13 - May 27  
Watermelon     May 13 - May 27

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 13. 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 5. 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 August 29, 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 4, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around June 15 and then transplant them into the garden around July 25. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around July 30.

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 June 30.

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     Jun 30 - Jul 30
Beets     Jul 30 - Sep 13
Broccoli May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Brussel Sprouts May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Cabbage May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Cantaloupe     Jun 15 - Jun 30
Carrots     Jul 15 - Sep 13
Cauliflower May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Chard     Jun 30 - Sep 13
Collards Jun 15 - Jul 30 Jul 15 - Aug 29  
Corn     Jun 30 - Jul 15
Cucumbers     Jun 30 - Jul 15
Eggplants May 4 - May 19 Jun 15 - Jun 30  
Garlic     Jul 30 - Sep 13
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins     May 31 - Jun 30
Kale May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Kohlrabi May 19 - Jul 3 Jun 30 - Aug 14  
Lettuce Jul 15 - Aug 14 Aug 14 - Sep 13 Aug 14 - Sep 13
Mustard     Aug 14 - Sep 13
Okra     May 31 - Jun 30
Onions     Sep 13 - Sep 23
Parsley May 31 - Jul 15 Jul 15 - Aug 29  
Peas (English)     Jul 15 - Aug 14
Peas (Southern)     May 31 - Jun 30
Peas (Sugar Snap)     Jul 15 - Aug 14
Peppers May 9 - May 24 Jun 20 - Jul 5  
Potatoes     Jul 15 - Aug 14
Radishes     Aug 14 - Sep 13
Spinach Jun 30 - Aug 14 Jul 30 - Sep 13 Jul 30 - Sep 13
Tomatoes May 9 - May 24 Jun 20 - Jul 5  
Turnips     Aug 29 - Sep 28
Watermelon     May 31 - Jun 30

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 May 13 and you should be all set.

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