[Market-farming] changes due to new USDA zoning map

Etienne Goyer etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca
Tue Jan 31 20:56:19 EST 2012


I might be wrong, but ...

My understanding is that the hardiness zone system do not incorporate
summer temperature, it's only based on the lowest winter temperature.
For people like me who grows mostly annual vegetable *during the
summer*, that's not terribly useful.  I am more interested in the number
of degree-day and the frost-free period of the growing season.

I guess, if you have an orchard, or are growing raspberries or
blueberries, or any other perennials that overwinter for that matter,
than the hardiness zone does matter indeed.


On 12-01-31 08:43 PM, KAKerby at aol.com wrote:
> I saw the below exclamation and sorta felt the same way.  I'm sure a lot
> of folks have gotten the new USDA maps and thought huh???  I was just
> wondering if anyone will be using the new maps to make plans, decisions,
> choose options, etc.  Or if it's really just a lot of noise that won't
> really directly affect folks.  After all, we all pretty much know what
> our local conditions are, even if those conditions have changed in the
> last 10 years.  So would a new map really make a huge difference in day
> to day lives?  Or is there some magic new thing the maps can do for us
> which I'm missing?  Just wondering if it's already old news.......
> Kathryn Kerby
> frogchorusfarm.com
> Snohomish, WA, where it's DANG warm out there (51F) for the last day of
> January
> Ruminations - essays on the farming life at frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
>  
> In a message dated 1/31/2012 5:09:24 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> mdbrabo at att.net writes:
> 
>     Zone 6 OR 8?!?!?
> 
> 
> 
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