Step 6 - Plant Your Vegetables Right
When should you plant lettuce in Illinois?
Planting (spring): Lettuce can be planted once soil temperatures are above 40°F but tend to germinate best at 55°F to 65°F. It is best to plant lettuce at least a month before summer to avoid the heat. Lettuce does not withstand heat well.
Is it too late to plant lettuce in Illinois?
Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs. In general, when there hasn't been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your lettuce outside in Illinois!
When can I plant lettuce seeds in Chicago?
Planting Dates for Spring
|Crop||Based on Frost Dates Based on Moon Dates|
|Start Seeds Indoors||Plant Seedlings or Transplants|
|Kale||Feb 19-Mar 5 Mar 2- 5||Mar 20-Apr 10 Apr 1-10|
|Kohlrabi||Mar 5-20 Mar 5-18||Mar 27-Apr 3 Apr 1- 3|
|Lettuce||Mar 5-20 Mar 5-18||Apr 3-May 1 Apr 3-16, Apr 30-May 1|
How do you plant lettuce?
When sowing seeds directly into the soil, you should plant approximately 10 seeds per foot. Space your rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin leaf lettuce seedlings to 4 inches apart. Romaine and butterhead lettuce seedlings require 6 to 8 inches between each plant.
What temperature does lettuce grow in?
Lettuce is adapted to cool growing conditions with the optimum temperatures for growth of 60 to 65°F. At 70 to 80°F, the plants flower and produce seed.
What vegetables do you direct sow?
Easy Vegetables to Direct Sow in Your Garden
Is it too late to plant a garden?
It's not too late to plant a vegetable garden. Gardeners can plant vegetables in July and August for a fall harvest.
What zone is Chicago Illinois?
Chicago, Illinois is located in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and Zone 6.
When can I plant tomato seeds in Illinois?
A: To grow your own tomatoes for transplanting outdoors, sow the seeds indoors four to six weeks before the usual last frost (around May 15 in the Chicago area). Use a sterile seed starting mix and any containers that will hold soil, provide drainage, and accommodate growing roots.