When can I plant Snap beans in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to figure out when you can plant snap beans by using the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Snap beans

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

Since snap beans do not do well in cold weather it is necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant snap 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 snap beans and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your snap beans may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your snap beans indoors is a great way to get them started 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 not always accurate 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 make sure that you are ready to protect your snap beans if we have 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.

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