With another beautiful weekend upon us, it’s time to think about the garden. Hopefully you got out there and tilled the topsoil last weekend. Now it’s time to think about the chance of another frost and freeze. Based on climatology, we have a slight chance of seeing another frost and freeze. The average last 32°F temperature occurs in Northern Illinois right around May 1st. What are our chances of another frost? Looking at long-term computer models, I’d say there’s a 1 in 4 chance (of getting below 36°). The chance of seeing another sub-32° night is about 5%. According to the University of Illinois extension office, it is okay to get in the garden and work on asparagus, carrots, onions, peas, corn, potatoes, spinach, and radishes. For fear of another frost and freeze, you might want to wait a week or two to plant peppers, beans, pumpkins, tomatoes, and melons.
Happy gardening! -ERIC
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