Zone 8 Planting Calendar

If you live in or around the Charleston, SC area (Zone 8), here is a handy planting calendar for your garden. The lists are based on planting season (winter, spring, summer, fall) with vegetables and fruits listed alphabetically. Unless otherwise stated, the items refer to seeds.

Snowflake via openclipart.org

WINTER PLANTING SEASON (December – February):

  • ASPARAGUS: December 1 – January 31
  • BEETS: December 15 – January 30
  • BROCCOLI: February 15 – March 1
  • CABBAGE (Transplants): December 1 – January 15
  • CARROTS: December 15 – January 30
  • COLLARD GREENS (seeds or transplants): February 20 – March 15
  • KALE: January 1 – 20
  • LETTUCE, LEAF: December 20 – February 5
  • LETTUCE, HEAD: January 1 – February 25
  • MUSTARD GREENS: February 1 – March 1
  • ONION (sets): February 1 – March 1
  • PEAS, GARDEN: January 10 – 20
  • POTATO, IRISH: February 1 – 15
  • RADISH: January 1 – March 1
  • SPINACH: January 1 – 20
  • TURNIP: January 1 – March 1

Blue flower via openclipart.org

SPRING PLANTING SEASON (March – May):

  • BEANS, BUSH SNAP: March 15 – 30
  • BEANS, POLE SNAP: March 20 – 30
  • BEANS, BUSH LIMA: March 20 – 30
  • BEANS, POLE LIMA: March 20 – April 15
  • CANTALOUPE: March 20 – April 10
  • CORN, SWEET: March 10 – April 30
  • CUCUMBER (Pickling or slicing): March 20 – 30
  • EGGPLANT (transplants): March 25 – April 10
  • OKRA: April 1 – 20
  • ORACH: March 10-17
  • PEAS, FIELD: March 15 – April 25
  • PEPPER (transplants): March 15 – April 10
  • PEANUTS: April 25 – May 15
  • POTATO, SWEET (transplants): April 15 – July 1
  • PUMPKIN: March 1 – April 1
  • SQUASH, SUMMER: March 20 – April 10
  • SQUASH, WINTER: March 20 – April 10
  • TOMATO (transplants): March 28 – April 10
  • WATERMELON: March 25 – April 10

Sun via openclipart.org

SUMMER PLANTING SEASON (June – July):

  • BEANS, POLE LIMA: July 20 – 30
  • EGGPLANT (transplants): July 20 – 25
  • OKRA: June 15 – July 1
  • PEPPER (transplants): July 20 – 25
  • POTATO, SWEET (transplants): April 15 – July 1
  • TOMATO (transplants): July 25 – 30

Fall leaf via openclipart.org

FALL PLANTING SEASON (August – November):

  • BEANS, BUSH SNAP: August 15 – 30
  • BEANS, POLE SNAP: August 1 – 10
  • BEANS, BUSH LIMA: August 1 – 10
  • BEETS: August 10 – September 15
  • BROCCOLI: August 10 – September 15
  • BRUSSEL SPROUTS: August 1 – 15
  • CABBAGE (transplants): August 1 – 15
  • CAULIFLOWER: August 1 – 20
  • CARROT: August 1 – 20
  • COLLARD GREENS (seeds or transplants): August 1 – 25
  • CUCUMBER (pickling or slicing): August 1 – 20
  • GARLIC: October 1 – 30
  • KALE: August 15 – September 15
  • LETTUCE, LEAF: August 15 – 25
  • LETTUCE, HEAD: August 15 – October 1
  • MUSTARD GREENS: October 1 – November 30
  • ONION (seed): October 1 – 30
  • PEAS, FIELD: August 1 – 10
  • PUMPKIN: August 1 – 15
  • RADISH: September 1 – November 1
  • RUTABAGA: August 1 – 20
  • SPINACH: October 1 – November 10
  • SQUASH, SUMMER: August 10 – 25
  • SQUASH, WINTER: August 1 – 10
  • TURNIP: August 25 – October 1

Happy Planting!

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5 comments on “Zone 8 Planting Calendar

  1. Thank you so much for this! I found you through Google when looking up pictures of Red Creole onions, which I am growing for the first time this year. Thanks, from a fellow Southern gardener! (Dallas, TX)

    • That’s wonderful! So glad you found me. I love my red creole onions. They grow very well here. I planted seed in October, and they’re nice strong seedlings now.

      I’m looking forward to hearing about your garden there in Texas.

  2. I have tried to garden in the Charleston area now for 3 years,(Hanahan) and finally figured out my problem might be the phosphate in the soil. In researching it I found your blog. I love all things outdoors, especially gardening and canning. Thanks for sharing the planting calendar.

    • So glad you found me! Yes, it can be a challenge gardening here, but I am finding that using raised beds is helping – especially because I can amend the soil more easily. Hope you give it a try again in the spring! It’s fun knowing we get “do overs” every year! 🙂
      Rosemarie

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