Gardening Basics: How to Find Your Gardening Zone

When deciding what to grow in your garden, there are many things to take into consideration. A good place to start is to find your gardening zone. Often referred to in seed catalogs and plant descriptions, the USDA Hardiness Zone Map can help you determine which plants are most likely to flourish in your area.

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The USDA Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree Fahrenheit zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. You can find your USDA Hardiness Zone by referring to the map or by simply entering your zip code here.

Find It: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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