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Arkansas Frost Dates

Arkansas - University of Arkansas Ag Extension Homepage

Planting Guide For Spring and Summer Production

Vegetable

Days
to
maturity

Time
 to 
plant 
outside
*
Garlic 240 Oct - Dec
Kale 65 Feb - Apr
Lettuce (leaf) 50 Feb - Apr
Mustard 50 Feb - Apr
Peas (garden) 65 Dec - Apr
Radish 25 Feb - May
Spinach 45 Feb - Apr
Turnips 55 Feb - Apr
Beans (pole lima) 80 Apr - Aug
Beets 65 Feb - Apr
Broccoli 70 Feb - Apr
Brussels sprouts 95 Feb - Apr
Cabbage 65 Feb - Apr
Carrot 75 Feb - Apr
Cauliflower 60 Feb - Apr
Collards 75 Feb - July
Corn (sweet) 80 Mar - Aug
Endive 80 Mar - Apr
Onions (plants) 80 Feb - Apr
Onions (sets) 95 Feb - Apr
Potatoes (Irish) 95 Feb - Apr
Snap beans 50 Mar - Aug
Swiss chard 60 Feb - May
Beans (bush lima) 75 Apr - Aug
Beans (pole) 65 Mar - Aug
Cantaloupe 95 Apr - May
Chinese cabbage
(fall crop only)
75 July - Sept
Cucumber (pickling) 55 Apr - May
Cucumber (slicing)

65

Apr - May
Eggplant 85 Apr - May

Okra

55

Apr - May

Peppers 75 Apr - May
Popcorn 100 Apr - June
Potatoes (sweet) 4.5 mo. Apr - June
Pumpkin 110 Apr - May
Southern peas 75 May
Squash (summer) 55 Apr - May
Squash (winter) 90 May - July
Tomato 80 Mar - May
Watermelon 85 Apr - May
Asparagus 2 yrs. Mar - Apr
Strawberries 
(annual culture)
9 mo. Sept - Oct

* Adjust planting date for climatic zone within Arkansas.
   Source: University of Arkansas


Fall / Winter Gardening in Arkansas:

Fall Vegetable Production Schedule

Vegetable

Days
to
Maturity
Planting
Period**
Southern Peas

55 - 75

July 15 - Aug 1
Summer Squash 55 - 60 July 15 - Aug 15
Irish Potatoes 90 - 100 July 15 - Aug 1
Tomatoes (plants)* 75 - 80 July 1 - July 15
Sweet Corn 72 - 86 July 1 - July 15
Carrots 65 - 75 Aug 1 - Aug 15
Collards 70 - 75 Aug 1 - Sept 15
Cabbage (plants)* 65 - 70 Aug 10 - Sept 1
Cauliflower (plants)* 60 - 70 Aug 10 - Sept 1
Broccoli 70 - 80 Aug 1 - Sept 1
Chinese Cabbage 70 - 75 Aug 1 - Sept 1
Swiss Chard 60 - 70 Aug 15 - Sept 1
Beets 60 - 70 Aug 15 - Sept 1
Beans (Bush) 50 - 60 Aug 1 - Sept 1
Beans (Lima)  70 - 75 Aug 1 - Aug 15
Cucumbers 50 - 60 Aug 1 - Aug 15
Turnips 50 - 60 Aug 1 - Sept 15
Mustard 50 - 60 Aug 1 - Sept 15
Spinach 40 - 50 Aug 25 - Sept 15
Kale 60 - 65 Aug 20 - Sept 15
Lettuce 50 - 55 Aug 20 - Sept 15
Radish 25 - 30 Aug 20 - Sept 15

* To produce tomato, cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower plants for fall crops, sow seed about four weeks earlier than the dates suggest for plant setting.

** Adjust planting date for climate zone within Arkansas
     Source: University of Arkansas

Recommended Books:

  • "Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times" - by Steve Solomon.  This is a book for gardeners who are serious about raising food. In this volume, Steve explains why intensive gardening methods are not natural and therefore require great amounts of energy and effort to maintain.  A lot of information regarding soil health and cover cropping is included.

   

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