Friday, June 22, 2012

New plant hardiness zone

No, the garden has not moved but apparently the powers that be over at the USDA have reclassified our area. We are now rated a 10b on the USDA plant hardiness zone. If you are in the US, you can find your own zone via this interactive chart. All you need to do is type in your zip.

We had been at 11a, which I thought was a bit too warm. 10b sounds right.

And have no fear about these changes. The USDA has thoughtfully provided the following information :

If your hardiness zone has changed in this edition of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), it does not mean you should start pulling plants out of your garden or change what you are growing. What is thriving in your yard will most likely continue to thrive.
More info on how they derived these new zones.

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