Starting Veggies from seed in the garden

growing tips for the Pacific northwest

Swansons offers seed varieties that are particularly well suited to the Pacific Northwest climate and may be sown directly into the garden. The following calendar* can help you decide when to sow and when to harvest. Always check individual seed packets for more specific planting information! 


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CROP - DAYS TO HARVEST - GENERAL TIME TO PLANT SEEDS - ESTIMATED TIME TO HARVEST 

NOTES:

(OW) = Overwinter for late Winter & Spring harvest.
(C) = Cover for early establishment and/or to extend harvest season into cooler months.

* Information is compiled from multiple sources, including Seattle Tilth's Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, Territorial Seed Company Catalog, Steve Solomon's Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, and Oregon Tilth's Planting & Harvest Calendar. 


Beans, Bush (Snap)   60–70    Sow: May–July    Harvest: July–Oct    
Beans, Bush (Dry)    90–100    Sow: May-June    Harvest: Aug.–Oct.    
Beans, Pole    70–90    Sow: May–June    Harvest: Aug.-Oct.    
Beans, Fava    180    Sow: Feb.–March    Harvest: Aug.–Oct.  
Beans, Fava  (OW)  180    Sow: Sept.-Oct.    Harvest: March–May  
Beets    50–80  Sow: March (C), April–Aug.    Harvest: June–Nov.  
Broccoli    55–90    Sow: March (C), June–July  Harvest: June–Nov. 
Broccoli (OW)    220–250    Sow: July–Aug.    Harvest: Feb.–May  
Brussel Sprouts    100–180    Sow: May-July    Harvest: Oct.–Nov.       
Cabbage (Fall)    80–90   Sow: late April-May    Harvest: July–Nov.    
Cabbage (OW)    90–220    Sow: June–Aug.    Harvest: Feb.–April
Carrots    70–90    Sow: March (C), April–July    Harvest: May-Oct.    
Cauliflower (Fall)    90–150 Sow: May–July     Harvest: Sept.–Nov.    
Cauliflower (OW)    200–260    Sow: July–Aug.    Harvest: March–June     
Collards    80–100    Sow: March & June–Aug.    Harvest: July–Nov.    
Corn    70–110    Sow: May–June    Harvest: July–Sept.    
Cucumber    55–75    Sow: late April-May (C), June    Harvest: July–Sept.   
Chicory/Endive    60–80    Sow: July–Aug.    Harvest: Sept.–Nov.    
Garlic (OW)   220–300    Sow: Sept.–Oct.    Harvest: May–Aug.  
Kale    60–70    Sow: February-March, July  Harvest: April–Nov. 
Kohlrabi    60–70    Sow: April & June–Aug.     Harvest: June–Nov.   
Leeks (Fall)    120    Sow: March    Harvest: Aug.–Nov.    
Leeks (OW)    180–220    Sow: May–June    Harvest: Feb.–May
Lettuce     65–80    Sow: March–Sept.     Harvest: April–Nov.  
Melons    55–85    Sow: May (C), June-July    Harvest:  Aug.–Sept.    
Onions (Fall)    100–120    Sow: March     Harvest: Aug.–Nov.    
Onions (OW)    180–220    Sow: July–Aug.    Harvest: March–June      
Parsnips     120     Sow: April–May     Harvest: Aug.-Sept. 
Peas     90–110     Sow: Feb.–April & Sept.–Oct.     Harvest: May–July & Nov.    
Potatoes    70–120    Sow: March–May    Harvest: June–Sept.    
Pumpkins    90–110    Sow: May (C)–June    Harvest: Sept.—Nov.    
Radishes    25–35    Sow: late Feb.–May & Aug.–Oct.     Harvest: April–June & Sept.–Nov.     
Scallions     40–60     Sow: April–July     Harvest: May–Nov.    
Shallots (OW)    90     Sow: Sept.–Oct.    Harvest: Feb.–April    
Spinach    40–50     Sow: March–Aug.     Harvest: April–June & Sept.–Nov.    
Summer Squash    55–70     Sow: May (C), June      Harvest: July–Sept.      
Swiss Chard     60     Sow: March–July      Harvest: May–Nov.    
Winter Squash     100–150     Sow: May (C), June     Harvest: Sept.–Nov.  
Turnips     30–55     Sow: March-April     Harvest: May–July