When can I plant Turnips in Evanston, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Evanston you can estimate when it's possible to plant turnips by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Turnips

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

You should not plant turnips until after all chance of frost has passed because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant turnips 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 turnips and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your turnips may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your turnips indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that USDA zone info for Evanston is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your turnips if we have one of those late frosts.

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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