When to Plant Vegetables in La Pine, Oregon

Your vegetable planning guide for
La Pine, Oregon

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Jul 7 and ends Aug 29, totalling 53 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page.

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A special note for your region: According to our data, you have a very, very short growing season. Most warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers require at least 2 months of frost free weather in order to grow and produce fruit. Due to your climate, it's highly unlikely that you can grow these kinds of plants without very careful attention to timing. Utilizing greenhouses might be your only option. As you consider the dates below, be aware of how much time is needed for harvest and plan acccordingly. Good luck!
For the Spring:
Your planting strategy:
Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around May 26, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around April 28 and then transplant them into the garden around June 17. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around May 8. 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 April 28. Then, around July 3 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 July 7, 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 June 17, and transplant those seedlings out after the danger of frost is past.

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

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Asparagusn/aMay 23 - Jun 7n/a
Beansn/an/aJul 7 - Aug 4
Beetsn/an/aMay 12 - May 26
BroccoliApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
Brussel SproutsApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
CabbageApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aJun 23 - Jul 7
Carrotsn/an/aMay 26 - Jun 23
CauliflowerApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
Chardn/an/aMay 26 - Jun 9
CollardsApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
Cornn/an/aJul 7 - Jul 21
Cucumbersn/an/aJul 7 - Jul 21
EggplantsApr 28 - May 12Jul 7 - Jul 21n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aJul 7 - Jul 21
KaleApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
KohlrabiApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
LettuceApr 28 - May 12May 26 - Jun 23May 26 - Jun 23
MustardApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23n/a
Okran/an/aJul 7 - Jul 21
OnionsApr 21 - Apr 28May 8 - Jun 7n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aMay 8 - Jun 7
Peas (Southern)n/an/aJul 7 - Aug 4
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aMay 8 - Jun 7
PeppersApr 28 - May 12Jul 7 - Jul 21n/a
Potatoesn/an/aMay 8 - Jun 7
Radishesn/an/aMay 23 - Jul 21
SpinachApr 28 - May 12Jun 9 - Jun 23May 23 - Jun 23
Sweet Potatoesn/aJul 7 - Jul 28n/a
TomatoesApr 28 - May 12Jul 7 - Jul 21n/a
Watermelonn/an/aJul 7 - Jul 21

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 August 29. 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 May 21. 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 July 15, take your cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 to 4 inches deep. This may not be accurate! Garlic dates vary wildly around the country. The way to be sure is to use a soil thermometer. When the soil temperature is 60° at a depth of 4 inches, then plant your garlic.

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around June 20, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around May 1 and then transplant them into the garden around June 10. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around June 15.

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 May 16.

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

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Beansn/an/aMay 16 - Jun 15
Beetsn/an/aJun 15 - Jul 30
BroccoliApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
Brussel SproutsApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
CabbageApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aMay 1 - May 16
Carrotsn/an/aMay 31 - Jul 30
CauliflowerApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
Chardn/an/aMay 16 - Jul 30
CollardsMay 1 - Jun 15May 31 - Jul 15n/a
Cornn/an/aMay 16 - May 31
Cucumbersn/an/aMay 16 - May 31
EggplantsMar 20 - Apr 4May 1 - May 16n/a
Garlicn/an/aJun 15 - Jul 30
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aApr 16 - May 16
KaleApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
KohlrabiApr 4 - May 19May 16 - Jun 30n/a
LettuceMay 31 - Jun 30Jun 30 - Jul 30Jun 30 - Jul 30
Mustardn/an/aJun 30 - Jul 30
Okran/an/aApr 16 - May 16
Onionsn/an/aJul 30 - Aug 9
ParsleyApr 16 - May 31May 31 - Jul 15n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aMay 31 - Jun 30
Peas (Southern)n/an/aApr 16 - May 16
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aMay 31 - Jun 30
PeppersMar 25 - Apr 9May 6 - May 21n/a
Potatoesn/an/aMay 31 - Jun 30
Radishesn/an/aJun 30 - Jul 30
SpinachMay 16 - Jun 30Jun 15 - Jul 30Jun 15 - Jul 30
TomatoesMar 25 - Apr 9May 6 - May 21n/a
Turnipsn/an/aJul 15 - Aug 14
Watermelonn/an/aApr 16 - May 16

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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