July 21, 2008

Zone 1 Folks - Know Thyself

So, you’re in Zone 1 of the Hardiness Zone Map. What does this mean? Well, for starters:

Zone 1 Average dates the last frost - 1 Jun / 30 Jun Average date of the first frost - 1 Jul to 31 Jul vulnerable to frost 365 days per year

It basically means you have to keep your ears on the weather for frost advisories. Probably the most challenging environment to grow anything. It just so happens that Zone 1 also correlates with low population. That’s why we started here. We’re just getting warmed up.

July 2, 2008

Planting Zones - Visual Chart

Here is a quick graphic I found on Wikipedia describing Planting Zones in a quick graphical format that is easy to understand quickly:


The zone is on the left and the corresponding “low temperature” for that area is on the right.  This basically sums up the last Planting Zones text from my last post in a quick format. Until the next post…happy planting!

June 26, 2008

Planting Zones - Current Detail Zone Chart

Since some of the planting zones charts are a little difficult to read, I thought I’d publish the USDA chart here to be used in conjunction with the graphic:

Zone Fahrenheit Celsius Example Cities

1 Below -50 F Below -45.6 C Resolute, Northwest Territories (Canada)

2a -50 to -45 F -42.8 to -45.5 C Prudhoe Bay, Alaska;

2b -45 to -40 F -40.0 to -42.7 C Unalakleet, Alaska; Pinecreek, Minnesota

3a -40 to -35 F -37.3 to -39.9 C International Falls, Minnesota;

3b -35 to -30 F -34.5 to -37.2 C Tomahawk, Wisconsin; Sidney, Montana

4a -30 to -25 F -31.7 to -34.4 C Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota;

4b -25 to -20 F -28.9 to -31.6 C Northwood, Iowa; Nebraska

5a -20 to -15 F -26.2 to -28.8 C Des Moines, Iowa; Illinois

5b -15 to -10 F -23.4 to -26.1 C Columbia, Missouri; Mansfield, Pennsylvania

6a -10 to -5 F -20.6 to -23.3 C St. Louis, Missouri; Lebanon, Pennsylvania

6b -5 to 0 F -17.8 to -20.5 C McMinnville, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri

7a 0 to 5 F -15.0 to -17.7 C Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; South Boston, Virginia

7b 5 to 10 F -12.3 to -14.9 C Little Rock, Arkansas; Griffin, Georgia

8a 10 to 15 F -9.5 to -12.2 C Tifton, Georgia; Dallas, Texas

8b 15 to 20 F -6.7 to -9.4 C Austin, Texas; Gainesville, Florida

9a 20 to 25 F -3.9 to -6.6 C Houston, Texas; St. Augustine, Florida

9b 25 to 30 F -1.2 to -3.8 C Brownsville, Texas; Fort Pierce, Florida

10a 30 to 35 F 1.6 to -1.1 C Naples, Florida; Victorville, California

10b 35 to 40 F 4.4 to 1.7 C Miami, Florida; Coral Gables, Florida

11 above 40 F above 4.5 C Honolulu, Hawaii; Mazatlan, Mexico

June 24, 2008

Planting Zones - Map Changing?

Hey, I just wanted to post quickly as there is some buzz out there that the USDA Hardiness Zone Map for US Planting Zones will likely be changing in the next year due to climate change.

The National Wildlife Foundation has posted this Online Transition Map showing the effects of Global Warming on Planting Zones in the US.

June 23, 2008

Planting Zones - Cheat Sheet

When checking out Planting Zones, I’ve found that finding information on specific planting times for specific types of flowers and plants can be a bit laborious. I found a great (and free) trick to do this:

-First, use the map to determine which of the Planting Zones you are in.

-Then, Go to a site like Michigan Bulb Co. and find the flowers that you are interested in.

-Next, Click on the link for the specific plant or flower you are interested in.

-Finally, you will see a link for “Shipping Schedule” for that particular plant…click on it. This corresponds to the correct planting time for that particular bulb, seed or plant. They don’t send product out to people during timeframes where they risk the plant failing.

Use this as a tool. It’s fantastic!

Here is the basic Planting Zones map for the United States.

Here is the basic Planting Zones map for the United States.

Planting Zones - Welcome

How you use Planting Zones in your gardening plan is important. I think it would be inappropriate to enter the first post on this blog without posting the maps that you are probably looking for. These maps will be posted every 2nd or 3rd post to use as a reference. They are the main basis for planting the various parts of your garden.

This Planting Zones blog will be built on a solid foundation of basics, followed by details on how to proceed with timely planting of various garden flowers and plants.

If you are looking for a zoom in of your particular state, the USDA Hardiness Zone site is pretty helpful.image