Gardening 101 – Hardiness Zones

I had someone email me and ask if they were in the same hardiness zone as I am.  I thought I would take this opportunity to post a hardiness zone map.

This hardiness zone map is from the USDA Agriculture Research Service. Click here to go to their site.

 

I live in Navarre, Fl which is in zone 8b.  At this time, the “things to plant” monthly posts are for zone 8b.  Before doing any planting learn what hardiness zone you live in.  Then start paying attention to the weather and learn your microclimate.  I emphasize this because I have had to deal with this, especially in the winter.  I have learned the hard way, that even if it’s only supposed to get to 35 degrees according to the weather predictions that chances are it will hit freezing at my house.

By knowing your hardiness zone, you will not waste time, energy, and money planting vegetables at the wrong time of year.  Also, by learning your microclimate you can cover your tender vegetables and protect them from frost extending your harvest.

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4 Responses to Gardening 101 – Hardiness Zones

  1. Bee says:

    We are neighbors. 🙂 I am 9b.

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