First Things First: Get To Know Your Gardening Zone

Knowing which plant hardiness zone, or growing zone, you are located in is one of the first steps in planting a garden. The map helps to determine which plants will thrive in your area based on the average minimum temperates and average climate for that particular area of the country. Choosing plants that are not compatible with the climate for your area will cause a lot of frustration. For example, growing citrus trees in climates that get hard freezes and mild summers will likely not produce well. 

How To Use Your Gardening Zone To Know If It's Too Late To Plant

The questions that we get the most from gardeners is “Do I still have time to plant a particular vegetable and how do I know?” There are a few factors that determine whether or not you have enough time to plant a certain crop. So we’ve broken down the easiest way to figure it out.

  • Step 1 – Find Out Your Gardening Zone
    Determining where your growing zone will help you find out more about your climate and the vegetables that will thrive in your area. 
  • Step 2 – Determine Your First/Last Frost Date
    Use the chart below to find your first and last frost date for your zone.
  • Step 3 – Check Your Seed Packet
    The back of your seed packets will tell you the maturity date for that particular variety. 
  • Step 4 – Cross Reference Your Maturity Date With Your First/Last Frost Date
    Knowing your first and last frost dates and how many days to maturity the plant you choose will let you know if your vegetables have enough time between planting to harvesting.
    For example, if you live in Zone 8b and you want to plant Jambalaya Okra, which has 50 days to maturity, on August 16th, and the first fall frost date is on average November 14th, you will have more than enough time to plant and harvest before the first fall frost.
  • Step 5 – Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room
    The average frost dates will usually have a 2-week window of variation. Weather can be unpredictable so be sure an account for that when planning. 
Zone
Last Spring Frost
First Fall Frost

1

May 22 – June 4

August 25-31

2

May 15-22

September 1-8

3

May 1-16

September 8-15

4

April 24 – May 12

September 21 – October 7

5

April 7-30

October 13 – October 21

6

April 1-21

October 17-31

7

March 22 – April 3

October 29 – November 15

8

March 13-28

November 7-28

9

February 6-28

November 25 – December 13

10-13

No frost

No frost

Save Time With The Hoss Garden Planner

Use the Hoss Garden Planner to determine planting dates for any crop in your specific growing zone. This easy-to-use slide guide contains a plethora information to assist your fall and spring vegetable gardening endeavors. One side contains the spring garden planting guide, while the other side contains the fall garden planting guide. Simply pull the insert until the red line matches with the first frost date for your area. You will then be able to see suggested planting and harvest dates for a wide variety of vegetable crops in your planting zone. In addition to providing outdoor planting dates, the Hoss Garden Planner also provides indoor seeding dates for those crops that are usually started and then later transplanted.

Save Time With The Hoss Garden Planner

Use the Hoss Garden Planner to determine planting dates for any crop in your specific growing zone. This easy-to-use slide guide contains a plethora information to assist your fall and spring vegetable gardening endeavors. One side contains the spring garden planting guide, while the other side contains the fall garden planting guide. Simply pull the insert until the red line matches with the first frost date for your area. You will then be able to see suggested planting and harvest dates for a wide variety of vegetable crops in your planting zone. In addition to providing outdoor planting dates, the Hoss Garden Planner also provides indoor seeding dates for those crops that are usually started and then later transplanted.

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