Monday, April 16, 2012

New USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Have you seen the 2012 USDA Hardiness Zone Map? It's a little more refined that the one we've been using since 1990 (Organic Gardening Magazine April/May 2012). Go to the USDA site, and click on 'Interactive Map'. Then type in your zip code. You can actually see your specific zone based on the main roads in your area! Pretty cool, huh? Well....I thought so.

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For the most part, there is nothing new here....well, except they did add two more tropical zones, AND it may help with future plant purchases to ensure their hardiness because instead of being a zone 6 gardener - I am now a zone 6a. Special. The Interactive Map makes it easier to distinguish exactly what zone you are.

Enjoy the day -


5 comments:

  1. Stopping in of the hop! These maps can be confusing at times, so many of them!
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    1. Yes, but this one seemed to be the most comprehensive to me because of the zooming in based on the zip code.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. very interesting. i find this map useful in planning my garden for sure - it's scary that they've had to re-do it though because of climate change. Aye!

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    1. Yes, it will be very helpful for planning perennial gardens. Thanks for commenting!

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