• Planting Calendar for Oakland


    Harvest of the Month Crops (SY 12-13)

    I. Planting Calendar for Oakland

    We live in an incredible climate for producing food at school gardens. We can garden year-round. The key to taking advantage of our Mediterranean-climate is planting the right crop at the right time of year. Use the spreadsheet at the link below to plan your annual vegetable plantings.


    If you cannot access the Google document link above, you can download the file here: Planting Calendar for Oakland (Annual Veggies)

    This spreadsheet was adapted from Pam Pierce's Golden Gate Gardening book. It contains the 24 most useful annual vegetables for school gardeners. Research shows that teaching nutrition in the context of a school garden program has a greater positive impact on student consumption of fresh produce than does teaching nutrition without gardening. By having students plant, tend, harvest, and eat vegetables from a school garden, we can embed the value of healthy eating right into our school landscapes.

    II. Harvest of the Month Crop Planting Calendar (SY 2012-13)
    OUSD has partnered with the Alameda County Public Health Department to develop a “Harvest of the Month” program. This is a fantastic way to get kids to try a variety of fresh, local produce and to learn about the health benefits of eating this produce. As school gardeners, we have an opportunity to magnify the impact of the the Harvest of the Month program by growing crops so that students can harvest and sample the “Harvest of the Month” crop from their own school garden. Use the chart below to plan your plantings so that you will have “Harvest of the Month” crops ready to eat in the appropriate month.

    MonthCropDays to HarvestPlant by when for a harvest on the 15th?Other Cultivation Notes
    OctoberCherry tomato70 to 80 days from transplantingJune 1st (start)
    May 15th (seed)
    Once fruit is set, stop watering. This will make the flavor even more intense.

    Most types of Kiwis require male and female plants to produce fruit, although Annie’s Annuals sells self-fertile variety.
    DecemberPotatoabout 90September 15th (shoot for earlier if you can) I like to put potatoes in their own bed or tower. They are sturdy, so can easily crowd out other plants. You’ll also risk tearing up other plantings as your harvest them.
    JanuaryRadish22 to 70 depending on variety and seasonNovember 15thHarvesting radishes in January is going to be a bit tricky.

    Meyer lemons are the easiest citrus to grow in our climate. If you don’t have Meyer lemons in your garden, you can tie into Harvest of the Month by planting one in February. February is a great time to plant almost any fruit tree in our climate. Get a dwarf variety.
    Marchspinach35 to 50 depending on season and varietyFebruary 1stUses a lot of nitrogen, so ammend with compost and sidedress with fish emulsion or coffee grounds. Harvest at bably leaf stage or as a cut-and-come-again crop.
    Aprilsugar snap peas60 to 100 days depending on variety and seasonFebruary 15th (seed)

    March 1st (starts)
    Plant with a trellis or bamboo stick for the peas to grow up. Avoid overhead watering in afternoon because peas develop powdery mildew easily.

    Plant berries this winter for harvests in the 2013-2014 school year.
    Junestone fruit

    Plant plums and peaches this winter for harvests in the 2014-2015 school year. Choose semi-dwarf rootstock and pick a variety that ripens before mid-June or after mid-August.