When can I plant Beets in Evanston, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are determining 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.

You can determine when it's a good idea to plant beets in Evanston by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Beets

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

Beets are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant beets 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 beets and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your beets may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your beets indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost is 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 there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your beets 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.