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Louisiana: Vegetable Planting Calendar

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Starting to plan the fall veggie garden? Or already elbows deep in it? Have you seen this handy informational sheet on planting and harvest dates from the Urban Farmer? This is a good guide to the last and first frost dates throughout the state, as well as a crop-by-crop calendar for the year. We typically go by zone 9 recommendations; of course winters like last year’s can always surprise, and may cause damage to crops in January.

Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is important to getting the most out of your garden. Knowing your first and last frost dates will help you start your vegetable seeds at the right time.

Louisiana is in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-9.

Louisiana Last & First Frost Dates

City Last Frost Date First Frost Date
Alexandria 2/27 11/23
Baton Rouge 2/27 11/23
Bossier City 3/10 11/17
Kenner 2/17 12/11
Lafayette 2/25 11/24
Lake Charles 3/1 11/21
Metairie 2/21 12/9
Monroe 3/24 11/8
New Orleans 2/21 12/9
Shreveport 3/10 11/17

*Based on statistics there is a 10% chance that frost will occur before or after these dates. Watch your local weather for more accurate dates.

Louisiana on average has approximately 250 days between the last and first frost. Using the planting schedules below will help you get the most out of your garden.

Zone 9 Planting Schedule:

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Zone 8 Planting Schedule

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