Gardening: What Are Gardening Zones and How to Plant For Them – Green Planet Naturals

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What Are Gardening Zones?

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Being a gardener, you know that certain plants grow better in certain environments. Whether the climate is dry, wet or humid; if the soil is dry or moist; if there are seasons, or if it is hot year round or cold throughout the year, determines what kind of plants you put in your garden. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map takes the countries average lowest temperatures and divides the country into 11 different zones. Zone one is the coldest, and zone 11 is the warmest. Zone 11 is a region that rarely reaches temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and is considered frost free. It would be difficult to garden in zone one, where temperatures reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Zones two to ten are divided into sub zones, 2a, 5b, or 8a for example.

Gardening is fun and challenging in more extreme climates, but you can plant what is right and be sure that the plants will grow full and strong with the the help of Green Planet Naturals. We offer natural gardening supplies such as fertilizers, amendments and potting soil that will help in whatever zone you live in.


Depending on which zone you live in, you can plant flowers or vegetables that are likely to grow better in that environment. But this isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing which plants to use in your garden. Consider your microclimate, or areas that could be warmer or cooler than the surrounding area, this will open up more gardening opportunities. A microclimate depends on elevation changes or more urban areas. Plants will grow better in their native habitat, but in your garden you can work to recreate those conditions and try to plant above or below your planting zone. This will help you grow a wider range of plants and vegetables.

Planting For Cooler Zones

When you want to garden using plants that enjoy a warmer climate than the one you live in, this is planting above your zone. In this case, you need to protect the plants from the cold and try to lengthen the growing season. The location of where you put these plants will make a big impact. Plant them in a sunny, south facing location against a fence or heated wall and this will help with shorter days and cold north winds. Sheltering the plants with hot caps or plastic will keep them away from frost. Keeping the plants covered or wrapped during the winter months will help them defend against colder temperatures. Just as important as where you plant them, is the mulch you use. Using a thick layer of dark colored garden soil mix will help protect against frost and will warm up earlier in the spring.

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Planting For Warmer Zones

Planting a species that enjoys a cooler climate is easier than the reverse because warmer climates have a wider range of plants they can garden. Planting earlier in the spring, as soon as the ground is workable will give the plant a greater chance to establish itself in the soil. Warmer climates mean less water, which is essential to the growth of any plant. Keep these plants moist and use a thick layer of light colored mulch to keep the soil moist and the temperature down. Lots of water and less sun is key to warmer climates, so use a portable canopy to cover plants from extreme sun.

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