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One of the most important things when it comes to growing your own vegetables is knowing when the best time to plant them outside is. Different vegetables have different cold tolerances, some are able to be planted when there is still a chance of frost happening (in our area, the last frost is typically around mid-May), while some vegetables can only be planted when there is very little chance of a frost happening.

Below you will find the recommended timing for planting different types of vegetables as provided by the University of Illinois Extension.

Early Spring (March 25-April 15)

  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Spring (April 10-July 15)

  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Chard
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Mustard
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Potato
  • Radish

Mid-Spring (May 10-June15)

  • Bean
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Muskmelon
  • Okra
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon