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2022 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Planting Calendar for Skokie, IL

For the Almanac's fall and spring planting calendars, we've calculated the best time to start seeds indoors, when to transplant young plants outside, and when to direct seed into the ground.

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Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 2 (at CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, IL climate station, elevation 629 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 19-May 2
BasilFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Apr 18-May 9
Moon Apr 18, May 6- 9
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
BroccoliFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
CabbageFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 4- 5
N/A
CantaloupesFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 6-11
CauliflowerFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
CeleryFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
ChivesN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2- 5
CornN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 6
Moon May 19-Jun 3
CucumbersFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
DillN/AN/AFrost May 2-Jun 6
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-Jun 3
EggplantsFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
Fava Beans (Broad Beans)Frost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 20
Frost Mar 14-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
N/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
KohlrabiFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 11-18
N/A
LettuceFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 18-May 16
Moon Apr 19-May 5
N/A
OkraN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
OnionsN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 6-18
OreganoFrost Feb 20-Mar 21
Moon Feb 20-Mar 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
ParsleyN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 4- 5
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 11-May 2
Moon Apr 11-18
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 21-Apr 11
Moon Mar 21-Apr 5
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 25-May 16
Moon May 6-16
PumpkinsFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 19-25
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 6-28
Moon Mar 8-20
RosemaryFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
SageFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 2-16
Moon May 2- 5
N/A
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Mar 21-Apr 11
Moon Mar 21-Apr 5
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon Jun 4- 6
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 11-18
N/A
ThymeFrost Feb 20-Mar 21
Moon Feb 20-Mar 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
TomatoesFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 6-18
WatermelonsFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 13
Moon May 19-Jun 3
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 13
Moon May 19-Jun 3

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 14 (at CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, IL climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Start Seeds Indoors by...Plant Seedlings Outdoors by...Start Seeds Outdoors by...
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Sep 9
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Aug 30
Bell PeppersFrost May 1Frost Jun 26N/A
BroccoliFrost Jul 3Frost Jul 31N/A
CabbageFrost Jun 23Frost Jul 21N/A
CantaloupesN/AN/AFrost Jun 16
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Aug 25
CauliflowerFrost Jul 3Frost Jul 31N/A
CeleryFrost Apr 22Frost Jul 1N/A
CornN/AN/AFrost Jul 6
CucumbersN/AN/AFrost Jul 11
EggplantsFrost May 1Frost Jun 26N/A
Fava Beans (Broad Beans)N/AN/AFrost Aug 15
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jul 11
Jalapeño PeppersFrost May 21Frost Jul 16N/A
KaleFrost Jul 23Frost Aug 20N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/AFrost Aug 25
LettuceN/AN/AFrost Sep 4
OkraN/AN/AFrost Jul 6
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Jul 11
PeasN/AN/AFrost Aug 10
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Jul 31
PumpkinsN/AN/AFrost May 30
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Sep 9
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Sep 19
Sweet PotatoesFrost May 12Frost Jun 16N/A
Swiss ChardN/AN/AFrost Sep 4
TomatoesFrost May 6Frost Jul 1N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Sep 4
WatermelonsN/AN/AFrost Jun 16
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost Jul 1
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost Jul 16