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Timetable for Sowing Vegetables and Herbs

The following list presents about 80 vegetables and herbs with the recommended sowing date for each one. If you see the mention “xx weeks,” that means you should sow it indoors that number of weeks before the date you expect to be transplanting it to the garden.

  1. Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus, A. cruentus and A. hypocondiacus) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  2. Angelica (Angelica archangelica) 8 weeks
  3. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) 8 weeks or sow outdoors
  4. Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) 10 weeks
  5. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) 8 weeks
  6. Aubergine (Solanum melongena) 8 weeks
  7. Balm, Lemon (Melissa officinalis) 10 weeks
  8. Basil (Ocimum basilicum and others) 4 weeks
  9. Bean, Broad (Vicia fava) Sow outdoors
  10. Bean, Dwarf French (Phaseolus vulgaris humilis) Sow outdoors
  11. Bean, Fava (Vicia fava) Sow outdoors
  12. Bean, Pole (Phaseolus vulgaris and P. coccineus) 2 weeks or sow outdoors
  13. Bean, Scarlet Runner (Phaseolus coccineus) 2 weeks or sow outdoors
  14. Beet, Beetroot (Beta vulgaris Condivita group) Sow outdoors
  15. Borage (Borago officinalis) 8 weeks or sow outdoors
  16. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea italica) 8 weeks
  17. Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) 4 weeks
  18. Cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata) 5 weeks
  19. Cantaloup (Cucumis melo) 3 weeks or sow outdoors (in areas with long summers)
  20. Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) 10 weeks
  21. Carrot (Daucus carota) Sow outdoors
  22. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea botrytis) 8 weeks
  23. Celery (Apium graveolens) 8 weeks
  24. Chamomile, German (Matricaria chamomilla, syn. Matricaria recutita) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  25. Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile, syn. Anthemis nobile) 8 weeks
  26. Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  27. Chicory (Chichorium intybus) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  28. Chinese Cabbage (Brassica rapa pekinensis) Sow outdoors
  29. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  30. Chives, Garlic (Allium tuberosum) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  31. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) 5 weeks or sow outdoors
  32. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) 5 weeks or sow outdoors
  33. Corn (Zea mays) Sow outdoors
  34. Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) 4 weeks
  35. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 2 weeks or sow outdoors
  36. Dill (Anethum graveolens) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  37. Eggplant (Solanum melongena) 8 weeks
  38. Endive (Chichorium endivia) 6 weeks
  39. Escarole (Chichorium endivia) 6 weeks
  40. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  41. Ground cherry (Physalis pruinosa) 8 weeks or sow outdoors (in areas with long summers)
  42. Hyssope (Hyssopus officinalis) 8 weeks
  43. Kale (Brassica oleracea acephala) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  44. Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea gongylodes) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  45. Lavander (Lavandula angustifolia) 14 weeks
  46. Leek (Allium porrum) 12 weeks
  47. Lentil (Lens culinaris) Sow outdoors
  48. Lettuce (Lactuca sativus) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  49. Maize (Zea mays) Sow outdoors
  50. Majorum (Origanum majorana, syn. O. hortensis) 6 weeks
  51. Melon (Cucumis melo) 3 weeks or sow outdoors (in areas with long summers)
  52. Mint (Mentha spp.) 8 weeks
  53. Mizuna (Brassica juncea japonica) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  54. Mouse melon (Melothria scabra) 4 weeks
  55. Okra (Abelmochus esculentus) 8 weeks
  56. Onion (Allium cepa) 8 weeks
  57. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) 6 weeks
  58. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  59. Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) Sow outdoors
  60. Pea (Pisum sativum) Sow outdoors
  61. Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) 6 weeks or sow outdoors (in areas with long summers)
  62. Pepper (Capsicum annuum and others) 9 weeks
  63. Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo and others) 3 weeks or sow outdoors
  64. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) 6 weeks or sow outdoors
  65. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) Sow outdoors
  66. Radicchio (Chichorium intybus) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  67. Radish (Raphanus sativus) Sow outdoors
  68. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) 6 weeks
  69. Sage, Common (Salvia officinalis) 8 weeks
  70. Savory, Summer (Satureja hortensis) 4 weeks
  71. Shallot (Allium cepa aggregatum) 8 weeks
  72. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) 4 weeks or sow outdoors
  73. Spinach, New Zealand (Tetragona expansa) 3 weeks
  74. Squash (Cucurbita pepo and others) 3 weeks or sow outdoors
  75. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris Flavescens Group) Sow outdoors
  76. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) 8 weeks
  77. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris and others) 8 weeks
  78. Tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa and P. philadelphica) 6 weeks
  79. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) 6 weeks
  80. Turnip (Brassica rapa rapifera) Sow outdoors
  81. Vegetable Marrow (Cucurbita pepo and others) 3 weeks or sow outdoors
  82. Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) 3 weeks or sow outdoors (in areas with long summers)
  83. Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) 3 weeks or sow outdoors

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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