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Zone 5 Planting Schedule

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Get ready to plant in Zone 5!

Knowing when to start seeds and when to transplant them into your garden will help you maximize your harvest. The rules for when to plant vary by region and average temperatures, but knowing your zone can be a helpful guideline. Zone 5 includes areas of the midwest, including most of Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbia, Mo.; and Mansfield, Penn.


Knowing when to start seeds and when to transplant them into your garden will help you maximize your harvest. The rules for when to plant vary by region and average temperatures, but knowing your zone can be a helpful guideline. Zone 5 includes areas of the midwest, including most of Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbia, Mo.; and Mansfield, Penn.

The last average frost date in Zone 5 is around April 15. Frost-tender plants should not be brought outside until after that date. Use common sense as well, if it seems unseasonably cold for April, wait until temperatures warm up before you start planting.

What to plant and when in Zone 5 (adapted from thevegetablegarden.info):













 

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Asparagus 2nd season Apr 5 - 25
Bean, bush 50-60 Apr 25 - May 30 July 25-Aug 5
Bean, pole 65-75 May 10 - 20
Bean, lima 65-75 May 10 -25
Beet 55-65 Apr 1 - 15 Aug 1 - Sept 25
Broccoli 60-80 Mar 25 - Apr 5 Sept. 25 - 30
Cabbage 65-80 Apr 1 - 20 Sept 20 -30
Cantaloupe 80-90 May 10 - 20
Carrot 70-80 Mar 25 - Apr 10 Sept 20 -30
Cauliflower 55-60 Apr 1 - 20 Sept 20 - 30
Collard 55-70 Mar 20 - Apr 10
Corn 80-100 May 1 - July 20
Cucumber 60-65 May 10 - 30
Eggplant 75-90 May 15 - 25
Kale 50-70 Mar 25 - Apr 5
Kohlrabi 50-70 Apr 1 - 15 Sept 20 - 25
Lettuce 60-85 Apr 1 - May 15 Sept 1 - 15
Mustard 40-50 Mar 25 - May 1 Aug 1 - 30
Okra 55-60 May 10 - 25
Onion (mature) 100-120 Mar 25 - Apr 15 Sept. 1-Dec. 31
Peas, garden 60-80 Mar 25 - Apr 10
Peas, southern 60-70 May 1 - 15 -
Pepper 65-80 May 15 - 30 -
Potato, Irish 70-90 Apr 1 - 15
Potato, sweet 90-150 May 15-June 5 -
Radish 25-30 Mar 25 - May 1 Aug 1- 20
Spinach 40-45 Apr 1 - 20 Aug 10 - Sept 20
Squash, bush 50-55 May 15 - 30
squash, winter 85-90 May 15 - 30 -
Tomato 70-85 May 15 - 30
Turnip 45-65 Mar 25 - May 1 Aug 5 - Sept 20
Watermelon 80-90 May 10 - 20

 

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