Hardiness Zone and Picking Vegetables For Growing

Okay, now that we have our boxes and our dirt it is time to pick out what veggies you want to grow.

The hardiness zone where you live is going to greatly impact what you can grow your garden.

You find hardiness zone information at the National Arboretum at http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html

If there is something that you really want to grow but doesn’t fall into you hardiness zone don’t let it get you down. You may be able to create a special place for it.

Just bear in mind that there are plants that will thrive where you live and there are some that may need extra special care to bloom.

For instance: I really should not be able to grow tomatoes where I live. Between the wind storms coming off the ocean, the sand blowing around, and the salt in air; tomato plants tend to just wither up and die. Not to mention the fact that the temperature never gets warm enough for them to actually bloom.

However, I planted them in a spot that they are blocked from the wind and close enough to the house they get enough warmth. They are doing just fine and I am expecting them to start producing fruit any day now.

So even if there is something that you want to grow but it is too hot or cold where you live try to figure a way to create the environment that it needs. You may be able to grow it after all.

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