When to Plant Vegetables in Parkersburg, WV

Your vegetable planning guide for
Parkersburg, WV

On average, your frost-free growing season starts Apr 21 and ends Oct 22, totalling 184 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 March 10, assuming the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around February 11 and then transplant them into the garden around April 1. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around February 21. 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 February 11. Then, around April 17 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 21, 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:

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Asparagusn/aMar 7 - Mar 22n/a
Beansn/an/aApr 21 - May 19
Beetsn/an/aFeb 25 - Mar 10
BroccoliFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
Brussel SproutsFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
CabbageFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aApr 7 - Apr 21
Carrotsn/an/aMar 10 - Apr 7
CauliflowerFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
Chardn/an/aMar 10 - Mar 24
CollardsFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
Cornn/an/aApr 21 - May 5
Cucumbersn/an/aApr 21 - May 5
EggplantsFeb 11 - Feb 25Apr 21 - May 5n/a
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aApr 21 - May 5
KaleFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
KohlrabiFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
LettuceFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 10 - Apr 7Mar 10 - Apr 7
MustardFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7n/a
Okran/an/aApr 21 - May 5
OnionsFeb 4 - Feb 11Feb 21 - Mar 22n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aFeb 21 - Mar 22
Peas (Southern)n/an/aApr 21 - May 19
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aFeb 21 - Mar 22
PeppersFeb 11 - Feb 25Apr 21 - May 5n/a
Potatoesn/an/aFeb 21 - Mar 22
Radishesn/an/aMar 7 - May 5
SpinachFeb 11 - Feb 25Mar 24 - Apr 7Mar 7 - Apr 7
Sweet Potatoesn/aApr 21 - May 12n/a
TomatoesFeb 11 - Feb 25Apr 21 - May 5n/a
Watermelonn/an/aApr 21 - May 5

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 October 22. 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 14. 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 7, 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 13, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around June 24 and then transplant them into the garden around August 3. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Sow peas directly around August 8.

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 9.

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

CropSow seeds indoorsTransplant seedlings into the gardenDirect sow seeds
Beansn/an/aJul 9 - Aug 8
Beetsn/an/aAug 8 - Sep 22
BroccoliMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
Brussel SproutsMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
CabbageMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
Cantaloupen/an/aJun 24 - Jul 9
Carrotsn/an/aJul 24 - Sep 22
CauliflowerMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
Chardn/an/aJul 9 - Sep 22
CollardsJun 24 - Aug 8Jul 24 - Sep 7n/a
Cornn/an/aJul 9 - Jul 24
Cucumbersn/an/aJul 9 - Jul 24
EggplantsMay 13 - May 28Jun 24 - Jul 9n/a
Garlicn/an/aAug 8 - Sep 22
Gourds, Squash and Pumpkinsn/an/aJun 9 - Jul 9
KaleMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
KohlrabiMay 28 - Jul 12Jul 9 - Aug 23n/a
LettuceJul 24 - Aug 23Aug 23 - Sep 22Aug 23 - Sep 22
Mustardn/an/aAug 23 - Sep 22
Okran/an/aJun 9 - Jul 9
Onionsn/an/aSep 22 - Oct 2
ParsleyJun 9 - Jul 24Jul 24 - Sep 7n/a
Peas (English)n/an/aJul 24 - Aug 23
Peas (Southern)n/an/aJun 9 - Jul 9
Peas (Sugar Snap)n/an/aJul 24 - Aug 23
PeppersMay 18 - Jun 2Jun 29 - Jul 14n/a
Potatoesn/an/aJul 24 - Aug 23
Radishesn/an/aAug 23 - Sep 22
SpinachJul 9 - Aug 23Aug 8 - Sep 22Aug 8 - Sep 22
TomatoesMay 18 - Jun 2Jun 29 - Jul 14n/a
Turnipsn/an/aSep 7 - Oct 7
Watermelonn/an/aJun 9 - Jul 9

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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