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Vegetable Planting Chart

Recommended times to plant vegetables in Santa Clara County

Use this chart as a guideline for when to plant your vegetables in Santa Clara County. The dates given to transplant seedlings or plant seed directly into the ground are for best results on average in central Santa Clara County. The best times for your garden may vary depending on factors such as your location in the county and any microclimate conditions. The 'P' months indicate this variability.

Y: Yes, should work
N: No, not recommended
P: Possible, indicates borderline months that might work out if your local conditions and the weather are favorable

Growing transplants from seed

To grow your own transplants from seed, use the times under the column headed "From seed to transplant" to calculate when to sow seeds in pots for the transplants to be ready. For example, to have broccoli seedlings ready to transplant in mid-September, you should start your seeds about 6 weeks earlier, around August 1.

Harvest times

Harvest times are not included in this chart because they may vary widely depending on variety and season. Seed packets and plant tags often give an estimated 'days to maturity' from planting to harvest that you can use as a guideline. Note that crops mature more slowly in the cool fall/winter season than in the warm spring/summer season.

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Vegetable Planting Chart (Y=Yes, N=No, P=Possible)
  JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFrom seed to transplant

ArtichokeTransplantNNNNNNNNYYNN12 weeks

ArugulaTransplantNYYYYPNPYYPN4 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYYPNYYYPN 

AsparagusPlant crownsYYYNNNNNNYYP 

BasilTransplantNNNYYYNNNNNN6 weeks

BeansTransplantNNNYYYNNNNNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNYYPNNNNN 

BeetsTransplantNYYYYPNNYYNN6 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYPNNYYPNN 

Bok choyTransplantNYYYNNNNYYNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYNNNNYYNN 

BroccoliTransplantNYYYNNNYYPNN6 weeks

Brussels sproutsTransplantNNNNNNYYPNNN6 weeks

CabbageTransplantNYYYNNNYYPNN6 weeks

Cabbage, napaTransplantNYYYNNNYYYNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYNNNYYYNN 

CarrotsDirect seedNYYYPNNNYNNN 

CauliflowerTransplantNYYYNNNPYPNN6 weeks

ChardTransplantNYYYYNNNYYNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYYNNNYNNN 

ChayotePlant fruitNNNPYYYYYPNN 

CilantroTransplantNYYYYPNPYYPN4 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYYPNYYYPN 

CollardsTransplantNYYYPNNPYYNN6 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYPNNPYYNN 

CornDirect seedNNNPYYPNNNNN 

CucumberTransplantNNNPYYNNNNNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNYYNNNNNN 

DillDirect seedNNYYYPNNYYNN 

EggplantTransplantNNNNYYNNNNNN8 weeks

Fava beansDirect seedNYNNNNNYYPNN 

FennelTransplantNYYYPNNPYYNN6 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYPNNPYYNN 

GarlicPlant clovesNNNNNNNNNYYP 

KaleTransplantNYYYPNNPYYPN4 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYPNNPYYPN 

KohlrabiTransplantNYYNNNNPYYNN6 weeks
 Direct seedNYYNNNNPYYNN 

LeeksTransplantNNNNNNNYYNNN8 weeks

LettuceTransplantNYYYPNNPYYPN4 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYPNNPYYPN 

MelonsTransplantNNNNYYNNNNNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNYYNNNNNN 

Mustard greensTransplantNYYYNNNPYYNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNYYYNNNPYYNN 

OkraTransplantNNNNPYYNNNNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNPYNNNNNN 

OnionsTransplantNNNNNNNNNNYY8 weeks

ParsleyTransplantNYYYYPNNNNNN9 weeks

ParsnipsDirect seedNYYYPNNNYNNN 

PeasTransplantNYYNNNNNYYNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNYYNNNNYYPNN 

PeppersTransplantNNNPYYNNNNNN8 weeks

PotatoesPlant piecesNYYYPNNNNNNN 

RadishesDirect seedNPYYYPNPYYPN 

SpinachTransplantNYYYNNNNYYPN4 weeks
 Direct seedNPYYNNNNYYPN 

Squash, summerTransplantNNNPYYYNNNNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNYYYNNNNN 

Squash, winterTransplantNNNNYYNNNNNN3 weeks
 Direct seedNNNNYYNNNNNN 

Sweet potatoesPlant slipsNNNNYYNNNNNN 

TomatoesTransplantNNNPYYNNNNNN6 weeks

TurnipsTransplantNYYYPNNPYYNN4 weeks
 Direct seedNNYYPNNPYYNN