When to Plant Vegetables in Las Vegas, NV

Your vegetable planning guide for
Las Vegas, NV

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Feb 16 and ends Nov 27, totalling 285 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 January 5, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around December 8 and then transplant them into the garden around January 27. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around December 18. 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 December 8. Then, around February 12 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 February 16, 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 n/a Jan 2 - Jan 17 n/a
Beans n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 15
Beets n/a n/a Dec 22 - Jan 5
Broccoli Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Cabbage Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a Feb 2 - Feb 16
Carrots n/a n/a Jan 5 - Feb 2
Cauliflower Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Chard n/a n/a Jan 5 - Jan 19
Collards Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Corn n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 1
Cucumbers n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 1
Eggplants Dec 8 - Dec 22 Feb 16 - Mar 1 n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 1
Kale Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Kohlrabi Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Lettuce Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 5 - Feb 2 Jan 5 - Feb 2
Mustard Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 n/a
Okra n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 1
Onions Dec 1 - Dec 8 Dec 18 - Jan 17 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a Dec 18 - Jan 17
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 15
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a Dec 18 - Jan 17
Peppers Dec 8 - Dec 22 Feb 16 - Mar 1 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a Dec 18 - Jan 17
Radishes n/a n/a Jan 2 - Mar 1
Spinach Dec 8 - Dec 22 Jan 19 - Feb 2 Jan 2 - Feb 2
Sweet Potatoes n/a Feb 16 - Mar 8 n/a
Tomatoes Dec 8 - Dec 22 Feb 16 - Mar 1 n/a
Watermelon n/a n/a Feb 16 - Mar 1

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 November 27. 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 August 19. 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 October 13, 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 September 18, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around July 30 and then transplant them into the garden around September 8. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around September 13.

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 August 14.

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 Aug 14 - Sep 13
Beets n/a n/a Sep 13 - Oct 28
Broccoli Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Cabbage Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a Jul 30 - Aug 14
Carrots n/a n/a Aug 29 - Oct 28
Cauliflower Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Chard n/a n/a Aug 14 - Oct 28
Collards Jul 30 - Sep 13 Aug 29 - Oct 13 n/a
Corn n/a n/a Aug 14 - Aug 29
Cucumbers n/a n/a Aug 14 - Aug 29
Eggplants Jun 18 - Jul 3 Jul 30 - Aug 14 n/a
Garlic n/a n/a Sep 13 - Oct 28
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Jul 15 - Aug 14
Kale Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Kohlrabi Jul 3 - Aug 17 Aug 14 - Sep 28 n/a
Lettuce Aug 29 - Sep 28 Sep 28 - Oct 28 Sep 28 - Oct 28
Mustard n/a n/a Sep 28 - Oct 28
Okra n/a n/a Jul 15 - Aug 14
Onions n/a n/a Oct 28 - Nov 7
Parsley Jul 15 - Aug 29 Aug 29 - Oct 13 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a Aug 29 - Sep 28
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Jul 15 - Aug 14
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a Aug 29 - Sep 28
Peppers Jun 23 - Jul 8 Aug 4 - Aug 19 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a Aug 29 - Sep 28
Radishes n/a n/a Sep 28 - Oct 28
Spinach Aug 14 - Sep 28 Sep 13 - Oct 28 Sep 13 - Oct 28
Tomatoes Jun 23 - Jul 8 Aug 4 - Aug 19 n/a
Turnips n/a n/a Oct 13 - Nov 12
Watermelon n/a n/a Jul 15 - Aug 14

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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