If you plan to start a garden this year, it is crucial that you know your planting zone. By this you will be able to know which plants grow well in your area, and when it is safe to plant them. Check out the map above and find your location to determine your planting zone. Then research the plant varieties you’d like to grow, and find out which grow best where you are.
You’ll also need to know the average expected frost free dates for your area so that you don’t plant too soon and lose your seedlings to freezing temps. Of course, winter weather patterns will vary, but you can use the following chart as a guide.
Last Expected Spring Frost Dates by Zone
- Zone 1: June1 – June 30
- Zone 2: May 1 – May 31
- Zone 3: May 1 – May31
- Zone 4: May 1 – May31
- Zone 5: March 30 – April30
- Zone 6: March 30 – April30
- Zone 7: March 30 – April30
- Zone 8: February 28 – March 30
- Zone 9: January 30 – February 28
- Zone 10: January 1 – January 31
- Zone 11 Frost Free Year Round
Once your seedlings are planted outside, you must keep an eye on the weather. If the weather man is calling for a frost, make sure to cover your fragile seedlings with something such as a plastic 2 liter bottle with the bottom cut off, to protect it from the cold.