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Spring Planting Start Dates

Spring Planting Start Dates

Q. I’m told that I shouldn’t transplant tomatoes and peppers to my garden until after the last frost date, but the listings show several different dates. Which date should I use here in the Chicago area?

A. The last frost date is a major consideration for deciding when to place young plants—particularly vegetable plants—in the ground.

Official listings provide several different dates for specific locations. For example, the Illinois State Climatologist’s office lists the following last frost dates...