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Illinois: Vegetable Planting Calendar

Illinois Zone Hardiness Map

Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is important to getting the most out of your garden. Knowing your first and last frost dates will help you start your vegetable seeds at the right time. 

Illinois is in the 5,6 & 7 USDA plant hardiness zones.

Illinois Last & First Frost Dates
CityLast Frost DateFirst Frost Date
Aurora4/2810/8
Cicero4/2510/13
Chicago4/2510/13
Elgin5/410/4
Joliet4/2910/8
Naperville5/610/8
Peoria4/2810/7
Rockford4/2310/9
Springfield4/1310/13
Waukegan4/2710/19
*Based on statistics there is a 10% chance that frost will occur before or after these dates. Watch your local weather for more accurate dates.

Illinois on average has approximately 170 days between the last and first frost. Using the planting schedules below will help you get the most out of your garden. 
 
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Zone 5 Planting Schedule
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