So you are ready to start a garden. (Yay! I am so excited for you!) You buy a bunch of seeds, some good soil and start watering away. After a while you notice that some of the plants are not doing so well or never made it much past germination. Sound familiar? It does for me because that is exactly what happened to me the first time I tried to start a garden. So may times before I got to this point and gave up but I am here to tell you that you don’t have too! A little bit of education is all you need to start a successful garden. One of the best tools to use is the Plant Hardiness Zone Map that is put out by the USDA. This map divides the entire country into “zones”. These zones are designed to help farmers and everyday home gardeners figure out what plants will thrive in any given season in your specific area.