What are Zones in the Gardening World?

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.

Click here view the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map


2 thoughts on “What are Zones in the Gardening World?

  1. Please help! My husband just planted a few starters of zucchini plants. They appeared to be doing well and all of a sudden they’re dead! Any suggestions?

    • Hi Chelsea! Well there are so may factors that could have contributed to your zucchini’s not making it. Normally, for just about any plant, it boils down to not enough/too much sun, not enough/too much water or bad soil. Of course any combination of the these can make it difficult for a plant to produce fruit for you. Also zucchini’s need well drained soil in order to grow. If the area where you planted them does not drain well, you may want to find a better location for them. The biggest lesson is to never stop trying! Let me know how it goes!

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