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:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Asparagus n/a May 23 - Jun 7 n/a
Beans n/a n/a Jul 7 - Aug 4
Beets n/a n/a May 12 - May 26
Broccoli Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Cabbage Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a Jun 23 - Jul 7
Carrots n/a n/a May 26 - Jun 23
Cauliflower Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Chard n/a n/a May 26 - Jun 9
Collards Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Corn n/a n/a Jul 7 - Jul 21
Cucumbers n/a n/a Jul 7 - Jul 21
Eggplants Apr 28 - May 12 Jul 7 - Jul 21 n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Jul 7 - Jul 21
Kale Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Kohlrabi Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Lettuce Apr 28 - May 12 May 26 - Jun 23 May 26 - Jun 23
Mustard Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 n/a
Okra n/a n/a Jul 7 - Jul 21
Onions Apr 21 - Apr 28 May 8 - Jun 7 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a May 8 - Jun 7
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Jul 7 - Aug 4
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a May 8 - Jun 7
Peppers Apr 28 - May 12 Jul 7 - Jul 21 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a May 8 - Jun 7
Radishes n/a n/a May 23 - Jul 21
Spinach Apr 28 - May 12 Jun 9 - Jun 23 May 23 - Jun 23
Sweet Potatoes n/a Jul 7 - Jul 28 n/a
Tomatoes Apr 28 - May 12 Jul 7 - Jul 21 n/a
Watermelon n/a n/a Jul 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:

Crop Sow seeds indoors Transplant seedlings into the garden Direct sow seeds
Beans n/a n/a May 16 - Jun 15
Beets n/a n/a Jun 15 - Jul 30
Broccoli Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Cabbage Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a May 1 - May 16
Carrots n/a n/a May 31 - Jul 30
Cauliflower Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Chard n/a n/a May 16 - Jul 30
Collards May 1 - Jun 15 May 31 - Jul 15 n/a
Corn n/a n/a May 16 - May 31
Cucumbers n/a n/a May 16 - May 31
Eggplants Mar 20 - Apr 4 May 1 - May 16 n/a
Garlic n/a n/a Jun 15 - Jul 30
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Apr 16 - May 16
Kale Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Kohlrabi Apr 4 - May 19 May 16 - Jun 30 n/a
Lettuce May 31 - Jun 30 Jun 30 - Jul 30 Jun 30 - Jul 30
Mustard n/a n/a Jun 30 - Jul 30
Okra n/a n/a Apr 16 - May 16
Onions n/a n/a Jul 30 - Aug 9
Parsley Apr 16 - May 31 May 31 - Jul 15 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a May 31 - Jun 30
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Apr 16 - May 16
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a May 31 - Jun 30
Peppers Mar 25 - Apr 9 May 6 - May 21 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a May 31 - Jun 30
Radishes n/a n/a Jun 30 - Jul 30
Spinach May 16 - Jun 30 Jun 15 - Jul 30 Jun 15 - Jul 30
Tomatoes Mar 25 - Apr 9 May 6 - May 21 n/a
Turnips n/a n/a Jul 15 - Aug 14
Watermelon n/a n/a Apr 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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