When to Plant Vegetables in Mojave, CA

Your vegetable planning guide for
Mojave, CA

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Apr 8 and ends Nov 2, totalling 208 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 February 26, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around January 29 and then transplant them into the garden around March 19. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around February 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 January 29. Then, around April 4 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 April 8, 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 Feb 23 - Mar 9 n/a
Beans n/a n/a Apr 8 - May 6
Beets n/a n/a Feb 12 - Feb 26
Broccoli Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Brussel Sprouts Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Cabbage Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Cantaloupe n/a n/a Mar 25 - Apr 8
Carrots n/a n/a Feb 26 - Mar 25
Cauliflower Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Chard n/a n/a Feb 26 - Mar 11
Collards Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Corn n/a n/a Apr 8 - Apr 22
Cucumbers n/a n/a Apr 8 - Apr 22
Eggplants Jan 29 - Feb 12 Apr 8 - Apr 22 n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins n/a n/a Apr 8 - Apr 22
Kale Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Kohlrabi Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Lettuce Jan 29 - Feb 12 Feb 26 - Mar 25 Feb 26 - Mar 25
Mustard Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 n/a
Okra n/a n/a Apr 8 - Apr 22
Onions Jan 22 - Jan 29 Feb 8 - Mar 9 n/a
Peas (English) n/a n/a Feb 8 - Mar 9
Peas (Southern) n/a n/a Apr 8 - May 6
Peas (Sugar Snap) n/a n/a Feb 8 - Mar 9
Peppers Jan 29 - Feb 12 Apr 8 - Apr 22 n/a
Potatoes n/a n/a Feb 8 - Mar 9
Radishes n/a n/a Feb 23 - Apr 22
Spinach Jan 29 - Feb 12 Mar 11 - Mar 25 Feb 23 - Mar 25
Sweet Potatoes n/a Apr 8 - Apr 29 n/a
Tomatoes Jan 29 - Feb 12 Apr 8 - Apr 22 n/a
Watermelon n/a n/a Apr 8 - Apr 22

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 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 July 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 September 18, 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 August 24, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around July 5 and then transplant them into the garden around August 14. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

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