When to Plant Vegetables in Laramie, WY

Your vegetable planning guide for
Laramie, WY

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Jun 13 and ends Sep 2, totalling 81 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 May 2, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around April 4 and then transplant them into the garden around May 24. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around April 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 April 4. Then, around June 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 June 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 May 24, 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 Apr 29 - May 14 n/a
Beans n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jul 11
Beets n/a n/a Apr 18 - May 2
Broccoli Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Cabbage Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a May 30 - Jun 13
Carrots n/a n/a May 2 - May 30
Cauliflower Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Chard n/a n/a May 2 - May 16
Collards Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Corn n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jun 27
Cucumbers n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jun 27
Eggplants Apr 4 - Apr 18 Jun 13 - Jun 27 n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jun 27
Kale Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Kohlrabi Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Lettuce Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 2 - May 30 May 2 - May 30
Mustard Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 n/a
Okra n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jun 27
Onions Mar 28 - Apr 4 Apr 14 - May 14 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a Apr 14 - May 14
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jul 11
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a Apr 14 - May 14
Peppers Apr 4 - Apr 18 Jun 13 - Jun 27 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a Apr 14 - May 14
Radishes n/a n/a Apr 29 - Jun 27
Spinach Apr 4 - Apr 18 May 16 - May 30 Apr 29 - May 30
Sweet Potatoes n/a Jun 13 - Jul 4 n/a
Tomatoes Apr 4 - Apr 18 Jun 13 - Jun 27 n/a
Watermelon n/a n/a Jun 13 - Jun 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 September 2. 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 25. 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 19, 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 24, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around May 5 and then transplant them into the garden around June 14. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around June 19.

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 20.

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 20 - Jun 19
Beets n/a n/a Jun 19 - Aug 3
Broccoli Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Cabbage Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a May 5 - May 20
Carrots n/a n/a Jun 4 - Aug 3
Cauliflower Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Chard n/a n/a May 20 - Aug 3
Collards May 5 - Jun 19 Jun 4 - Jul 19 n/a
Corn n/a n/a May 20 - Jun 4
Cucumbers n/a n/a May 20 - Jun 4
Eggplants Mar 24 - Apr 8 May 5 - May 20 n/a
Garlic n/a n/a Jun 19 - Aug 3
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Apr 20 - May 20
Kale Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Kohlrabi Apr 8 - May 23 May 20 - Jul 4 n/a
Lettuce Jun 4 - Jul 4 Jul 4 - Aug 3 Jul 4 - Aug 3
Mustard n/a n/a Jul 4 - Aug 3
Okra n/a n/a Apr 20 - May 20
Onions n/a n/a Aug 3 - Aug 13
Parsley Apr 20 - Jun 4 Jun 4 - Jul 19 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a Jun 4 - Jul 4
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Apr 20 - May 20
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a Jun 4 - Jul 4
Peppers Mar 29 - Apr 13 May 10 - May 25 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a Jun 4 - Jul 4
Radishes n/a n/a Jul 4 - Aug 3
Spinach May 20 - Jul 4 Jun 19 - Aug 3 Jun 19 - Aug 3
Tomatoes Mar 29 - Apr 13 May 10 - May 25 n/a
Turnips n/a n/a Jul 19 - Aug 18
Watermelon n/a n/a Apr 20 - May 20

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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