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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 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.|
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.
Feb 5, 2012 2:22 PM CST
|We had a discussion about that here:|
The thread "New hardiness zone map" in All Things Gardening forum
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.
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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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