Guide to Planting Vegetables in Northern California


Northern California's moderate climate fosters the growth of a wide variety of vegetables, from cauliflower to garlic. Castroville, California, hosts an annual artichoke festival, while Gilroy is known as the garlic capital of the world.

Common Vegetables

  • Vegetables commonly grown in northern California include asparagus, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, bell peppers, spinach and squash.

Planting Season

  • Gardeners should plant most vegetables -- including artichokes and garlic -- in the autumn months. The Winter plants like broccoli, cabbage and spinach need earlier planting between June and August.


  • To ensure the proper planting time for most fall harvest vegetables, gardeners must plant crops early enough to grow before the first frost, but not so early that they wilt in the summer heat.

Fun Fact

  • Although gardeners typically plant seeds to grow a new crop, transplanting and root divisions also produce healthy vegetables. For instance, artichokes grow from root divisions.

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