Friday, January 27, 2012

NEW 2012 USDA HARDINESS ZONE MAP


    

For all of my gardening friends out there, the USDA has released a new, updated "zone map".


For the first time ever, it is now available as an interactive map, you can zoom to county level, or simply plug in your zip code and find your zone.

Why is this important?  They have not updated the map since 1990!  This new map is based on twenty years of new weather data from over eight thousand weather stations across the country.  It shows a trend of warmer temps which means a slightly longer growing season for most.  Zones have shifted slightly Northward and they have even added two new zones.

I know ours has actually changed slightly.  We are now a 9a.  Good that it's slightly warmer for our gardening plans, not good this Summer when I'd rather it be slightly cooler instead, ha.

So click on the link above and check our your zone!

3 comments:

Brian said...

Wow, I had no idea they changed it. Thanks for the info and link. Good luck with your gardens, keep us posted.

Ed said...

I seem to buck the trend as ususal. My garden remains 6b, but I guess that's a good thing. Must be the moutain air, LOL!

1st Man said...

Ha, too funny!! I'd love some of that mountain air by the way. Good that you don't have to change your garden plans. I think most people will probably find they are about the same, although I'm surprised by how many people don't know their zone.