In the Willamette Valley, our mild winters offer a year-round harvest of vegetables. The success of the harvest hinges heavily on getting the plants in the ground at the appropriate time. Our Veggie Calendar provides a rough timeline for when to start your seeds and set out your transplant starts.
The timetable is tailored for the Willamette Valley. If you are at a higher elevation, or a colder zone, these times may need to be adjusted in order to fit your weather patterns. Move up planting times by one month if you have a cold frame. A spacing guide is also provided to help you plan your garden.
Proper soil preparation is essential to a successful harvest. Till a healthy dose (about a 1⁄2 inch) of organic material, such as manures, into the soil before planting. In addition, add some organic fertilizer to the planting area. The amount of fertilizer varies with each vegetable. You can find some excellent, additional veggie information in Steve Solomon’s Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades—including specifics on cold, heat, and day length sensitivities.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor and love!
Download a Printable Veggie Planting Calendar as a pdf for a year-round schedule of when your veggies should go in the ground.