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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculates climate zones based on a winter minimum temperature. It provides a useful index for plant hardiness – the ability to withstand frost and low temperatures.
The American Horticulture Society (AHS) has developed a system based on the average number of days above 86°F (the temperature at which cellular protein is damaged in many plants).
Sunset’s Climate Zones method of zoning considers the broad range of factors based on information from all over the West. It gives Western gardeners a more accurate picture of which plants will thrive in each zone.
below and the carrots and beans
mixed with ornamental sweet potatoes
amendment than you can buy!
Radish Seeds to the RescuePlant several white icicle radish seeds at the base of cucumber and squash seedlings. This discourages insects while providing an extra veggie crop. –Joyce Barnhart, Norwalk, Connecticut
For more great veggie tips and ideas, pick up a copy of Grow Veggies For Less! $10.99 from the Country Store Catalog
Smart Seed-StartingIf you’re planning on starting your own seeds this year, save a few newspapers from the recycling bin to use instead of pricey peat pots. Roll them up and place them upright in a planting container and plant away!