When to Plant Vegetables in Illinois When to Plant Vegetables in Illinois

When to Plant Springtime Vegetables

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broccoli plants grow in a spring garden

The temptation to get your garden growing may come on strong in early spring, but gardeners should know that the hardier the vegetable, the more likely it is to survive the cold weather.

Potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, as well as spinach, lettuce and turnips are all considered hardy enough to withstand the wintery weather, and can be planted four to six weeks before the frost-free date in the spring.

On the other hand, crops such as watermelon, cucumbers, pumpkins and cantaloupe love the warmth, and should be planted one to two weeks after the frost-free date.

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  1. David Hill says:

    Is there a good spray to kill weeds and or grass without killing my vegitables

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