What’s Your Zone?

Thanks to a little pocket of warmth surrounding Philadelphia, we are in Zone 7B. When I started gardening, we were Zone 6B. That’s a big jump. What it means is we have warmer average temps but the frost dates are about the same.


US Hardiness Zone map

But your frosts dates are what you really need to plan your garden.


My frost dates are April 17 Last Frost and October 23 First Frost.

Transplanting warm weather crops like tomatoes & peppers is done about 4 weeks after last frost. For me, that is mid-May. There are some cold weather crops that can be planted earlier.

It’s easy to be seduced by those warm early spring weekends and want to rush the garden planting. I did it this year. I planted an entire bed of kale, spinach and lettuce that never sprouted. I lost a flat of plants by moving it to the greenhouse too early. It’s best to just let the plants grow under the warm lights instead of struggle in the cold soil.

Check your seed packets for more information and pay attention to  your local weather reports Be prepared to protect your plants if frost is predicted, especially if you push those dates and plant earlier.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Same thing on the shore in CT, used to be 6A now am 7!!


  2. I’m in Pittsburgh and going to try a garden this year. Well, some tomatoes and cucumbers, actually. But it’s a first step! Love your blog.


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