When can I plant Green beans in Evanston, IL

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

The first chance to plant green beans in Evanston should be figured out by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Green beans

Frost tolerance for green beans: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Since green beans are not cold tolerant you really should wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant green beans in Evanston is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant green beans and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your green beans may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your green beans indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during 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. Half of the time in Evanston we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your green beans in the event of a 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

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