Plant Hardiness zones is a tool that was made by the USDA. The map that the USDA has created is one of the most used tools by farmers and gardeners when it comes to picking what plants to use. The map gives a general guide for how a plant is going to do. Each zone is different by a 10° difference then the next zone. Be careful, although that the information is a good rule of thumb, you area may differ. There are many factors that can play into this. Variations based on humidity, wind, moisture, and soil can all have a hand in making your area differ from the Plant Hardiness zone that you are located in. Use the guide as a starting point, but make sure to ask local farmers and gardeners on how your area will affect your plants. If you do not know what zone your plant is in, on the seed packet there will be a guide that should tell you. If not, you can ask the employees at the store where you purchase your seeds from. I am also working on a list that will be able to help you quickly find out what plants are good for each zone. Make sure that you check back for that.
**Fun Fact. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map was updated in 2012. The map wasn’t updated since 1990 before that!**
With the northern hemisphere still in the icy grasps of winter, now is the time to plan your garden. If you have not done so already, I suggest you do so now. If you do not know your plant zone, you can head over to the site for the USDA. There you can type in you Zip Code, and it will bring up your portion of the Hardiness Zone map. I hope this helps you find what zone you are located in. Remember if you still have not started planning your garden, I would do so now. Winter goes by quickly.
What is your favorite crop or plant to grow in your zone? Have you tried to grow plants from other zones in your area? Let us know, we love to hear success and set back stories.
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