When can I plant Asparagus peas in Evanston, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Evanston you should be able to figure out when it's a good idea to plant asparagus peas.


Planting Calendar for Asparagus peas

Frost tolerance for asparagus peas: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since asparagus peas do well in moderate cold you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant asparagus peas
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant asparagus peas
Probably not a good time to plant asparagus peas

The earliest that you can plant asparagus peas in Evanston is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant asparagus peas and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your asparagus peas may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your asparagus peas indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your asparagus peas in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Evanston

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Evanston.