Vegetables and Fruit forum: USDA releases new hardiness zone map

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Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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Feb 3, 2012 3:47 PM CST
New United States Department of Agriculture hardiness map features more up-to-date climate data and interactivity. Here are the strengths and limitations of the latest update since 1990.
Here's the link http://planthardiness.ars.usda...
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Feb 3, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Thanks for the link Paul!

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Feb 3, 2012 5:46 PM CST
This will help some who don't know their climate zone, but for So. Cal. it is close to useless. I'll stick with Sunset Western Garden zones.
Name: T
Ramona, CA (Zone 9b)
Feb 3, 2012 10:37 PM CST
Thanks Paul. It is better than the previous version.

It confirmed that my area is one zone higher than the nearby city zone (which is what comes up when you use a zip code search.) Being new to the area and having never gardened here, it was very helpful.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Feb 5, 2012 2:22 PM CST Admin

We had a discussion about that here:

The thread "New hardiness zone map" in All Things Gardening forum
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
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Feb 17, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Now I keep links to Sunset & "zoomable" USDA Zones in my sig block, PLUS a way to find your local USDA weather station, and freeze-frost dates.

But I agree - the "average winter low" doesn't tell you much.
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
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Mar 31, 2012 8:40 AM CST
I heard about this but in I know we get way colder than the average lows.
I'm suppose to be Z 5b but I'm more like Z 4 in my rural valley setting
although this winter was unusually mild.
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