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Post  CNida89 on 2/8/2016, 12:04 pm

Sorry to bother everyone with what is probably a silly question, but I notice in people's posts and profiles that under location it lists a certain zone number. What is this number, and how do I know what mine is?

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Post  sanderson on 2/8/2016, 12:56 pm

Your local Cooperative extension can help. There are also several sites on the internet to look up Zones. Here is one site - http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/8/2016, 1:59 pm

The number itself tells you pretty much when you'll be seeding, planting, & harvesting. The lower the number, the lower of actual growing days you have.

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Post  CNida89 on 2/8/2016, 3:42 pm

Ah, thanks for the answers, and thanks for the link. I updated my zone accordingly.

I am in zone 6b, but only just barely.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/9/2016, 9:03 am

Lol! Sounds like me... I'm pretty much on the border myself. And the microclimates shift pretty radically in my area.

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Post  trolleydriver on 12/31/2016, 10:07 am

An interesting bit of information concerning the difference between USDA Hardiness Zones and the Agriculture Canada zones:

From http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-hardiness-zones

"Unlike the USDA map, which is based only on minimum winter temperatures, the Agriculture Canada map considers a wider range of climatic variables, including maximum temperatures and the length of the frost-free period."

BTW here in Ottawa the Canada zone is 5b which corresponds to USA zone 4b at least as far as minimum winter temperatures are concerned.

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