Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hello from Zone 9

We all live in agricultural zones, as set out by the USDA. Zones are the basis for all successful gardening. Each zone is based on the average annual last freeze date.

The USDA divides North America into 11 zones. As you work your way north, each zone is 10 degrees (F) colder than the last.

It's important to know your zone. You want to buy seeds and plants that will do well in your area. Seed packets usually give the zone for which they are a good fit, so read labels and check with your county's Master Gardeners.

Wherever you live in the United States, there is a zone for you. Here on the Texas Gulf Coast, we are zone 9. You can find out your own hardiness zone with a simple Google search with your zip code and the word "zone."

So, what zone do you live in?

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