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You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from May 26 through September 24.
Your frost-free growing season is around 159 days
Talk about a short growing season. Add the small number of days it gets over 80 and the overall lack of sunlight at times, gardening can be such a challenge for us. It amazes me that my "zone" is the "same" as parts of Georgia, yet the overall weather is so different.
SO glad I got those hoop houses completed and the little hot caps put on the baby transplants. It is snowing like crazy here, but they're all tucked snugly away and doing great!
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Join date: 2012-02-22
Location: Maritime Pacific Northwest zone 8A/B with ugly heat scale
I sure feel for you.
I have lived for the past 14 years on coastal Oregon.
I could not grow anything at all that required heat.
Guess it shows how misleading gardening zones can be. Where I am now it gets down to 0 farenheit in the winter, sometimes colder, but over 100 in the summer.
The cooler thing about being further north is that the days are longer in the summer and I think that helps a lot of crops as well, but we do not have Chantarelles here though
Click for weather forecast
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Join date: 2012-01-14
Location: british columbia zone 5a
Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from September 21 through May 27.
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from October 2 through May 12.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from June 10 through September 10.
Your frost-free growing season is around 117 days.
I recently moved back home from Colorado Springs; Wyldflower, I'm green over your zone and I'm not talking about my thumb
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Join date: 2012-04-05
Location: Michigan, Upper Penninsula
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Join date: 2010-03-06
Location: Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a
Each winter, on average, my risk of frost is from October 1 through May 20.
Almost certainly, however, I will receive frost from October 20 through April 30.
You are almost guaranteed that I will not get frost from June 8 through September 13.
My frost-free growing season is around 134 days.
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Join date: 2012-06-03
curio wrote: It amazes me that my "zone" is the "same" as parts of Georgia, yet the overall weather is so different.
Since the USDA zones are derived from minimum winter season temperature and
for uses in planning toward winter survival of perennials/trees/etc.....I think for vegetable
gardening zone information is essentially useless, as you are getting at. What would be more
useful is if someone made maps of the length of growing season based on
the values from the website that has been shared. Maybe three different maps: almost
guaranteed frost-free season length; average frost-free season length;
and best case frost-free season length or some thing to that effect.
And still localized effects likely cannot be resolved in such maps.
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Join date: 2012-04-15
Location: S. WI
jmsieglaff wrote:What would be more useful is if someone made maps of the length of growing season based on the values from the website that has been shared.
One of my old, old, moldy old gardening books (big paperback I think from Sunset) does that in a list form instead of a map. It has the states listed and several of the major cities in those states, with the average first and last frost dates, and the average growing season in days. Gags me to read that San Diego has approximately 365 growing days per year! (says the CA girl living in the GWN!)
GG (down to 120 growing days - give or take)
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Join date: 2011-02-16
Location: Zone 4A - NE SD
Almost certainly, you will receive frost from November 5 through April 14.
You are almost guaranteed not to get frost from May 11 through October 6.
Your frost-free growing season is around 177 days.
* Such an atypical year here though. 90 degrees in March (unheard of in MI!) that set fruits to blossom, then the frost hit as temps returned to normal. Now we're in the middle of this horrid heat-wave and drought. Since June 2nd, we have only had .44 iches of rain. The last rain we had was June 16 and that was less than a tenth of an inch.
Praying for our farmers!
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Join date: 2012-03-16
Location: West MI (5b)
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from November 1 through April 4.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from May 5 through September 27.
Your frost-free growing season is around 178 days.
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Join date: 2013-01-30
Location: zone 6
It's 2013! My frost-free growing season s/b around 171 days, maybe somewhat longer due to climate change.Windsor.Parker wrote:Each winter, on average, my risk of frost is from October 13 through April 25.
Almost certainly, however, I will receive frost from October 28 through April 10.
I’m almost guaranteed that I will not get frost from May 10 through September 28.
My frost-free growing season is around 171 days.
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Join date: 2011-12-12
Location: Chicago, South Shore, c. 100yds to Lake Michigan, Zone 6a
Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from October 11 through April 25.
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from October 28 through April 12.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from May 9 through September 25.
Your frost-free growing season is around 169 days.
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Join date: 2013-02-22
Location: London, OH -Zone 5B/ 6A
Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from November 3 through April 4.
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from November 20 through March 22.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from April 17 through October 18.
Your frost-free growing season is around 213 days.
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Join date: 2011-11-20
Location: Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A