US First and Last Frost Dates

US First and Last Frost Dates

Growing Food, Soil & Compost, Starting Seeds, Weather, Year Round Gardening
USDA Hardiness Zone This information is useful for at least two reasons, to calculate when to plant seeds or plant seedlings outside in the garden to figure out how late in the growing season you can plant certain perennials, trees, and shrubs Dates on this chart are approximations, no one can KNOW the weather, every season is different. Most years, the first and last frost will fall within two weeks of the date on the chart, but some years, we get a very early frost or a late snow storm that throws the dates off. Please use discretion (and your local weather forecast!) along with this chart to plan your seed starting and planting. First, click on the map if you need to enlarge it and find your zone if…
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US Zone Map

US Zone Map

Weather
... with a/b divisions. Click on the map to get a closer look at it. [caption id="attachment_1665" align="aligncenter" width="300"] United States Hardiness Zone Map with Half Zones[/caption]
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EMERGENCY: Nuclear Meltdown Underway. Brace for Nuclear Fallout.

Food Supply, Weather
EMERGENCY: YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. READ CAREFULLY AND TAKE ACTION. Dearest friends and family, I never imagined that I would ever in my life-time write an email with a subject line like this one. I am nearly in tears and at a loss for words, but it has to be written. It has been a most unimaginable 72 hours of changes both in the world, as well as the life of our family. As you may now know, the nuclear core meltdown at the Japanese nuclear power plant is underway. As of this writing, these reports are not "officially" confirmed, as the Japanese Government is trying to do everything it can to suppress and "downplay" the information, there is just no way to…
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Dealing with Spring Rain in Your Vegetable Garden

Dealing with Spring Rain in Your Vegetable Garden

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Weather
"This Plant Requires Good Drainage" How many times have you read that on a plant tag you are considering buying? The most popular tune of organic gardening is "add more compost". The second most common (can you name that tune in ONE note?) is "likes good drainage" or "alfalfa doesn't like wet feet". Unless it is a bog plant most vegetable, food plants don't like their roots to stay wet, especially when it is really hot. There are some plants that truly thrive in a moist soil, like lettuce and cucumbers, but don't do nearly as well (thrive) when their roots are surrounded with water at all times. But most plants will not thrive in soil that is constantly wet. This is one reason raised bed gardening is so popular. Planting in raised…
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Difference Between Frost and Freeze

Difference Between Frost and Freeze

Organic Gardening, Weather
Definitions of Frost & Freeze A frost is defined as a covering of minute ice needles, that forms on surfaces at or below freezing. Even if the actual temperature is not freezing, windchill can cause the moisture in a plant to freeze. A frost also has come to mean a brief dip in temperatures to freezing or just below, with or without ice crystals. With ice crystals, the technical name is hoarfrost. Black frost refers to a dry freeze without ice crystals, which kills vegetation, turning it black. A freeze, on the other hand, occurs when the temperature drops well below freezing and may or may not include ice crystals. The amount of time below freezing to warrant a freeze warning varies depending on geography. Freeze warnings are issued when…
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Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

Weather
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is an essential tool for all landscapers and gardeners, whether professionals or weekend do-it-yourselfers. This simple and free tool will help ensure you select only the correct plants, shrubs, or trees for your region. If you do not follow this guide you risk the health of your plant, and ultimately your time and money. The Map was designed to show the average annual minimum temperature range throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There are 11 different zones that describe the minimum temperature that can be expected. The zones were divided based on a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual minimum temperature. It is important to understand the zones in order to select a plant that will survive the winter in your…
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