Thank you, Life on the Balcony!!!
This is too late for many folks, but Victory Seeds has a super simple Average Last Frost Date by State. Just click it.
The dopey sentimentality of gardening does not speak to me or my gardening friends. The little “I’m in the Garden!” sign hanging near the front door is nothing I would ever hang by my front door. And that’s OK.
I’m not sure where in the twentieth century gardens turned from a place to be connected (either through laboring for food or reclining among evening jasmine) to a place to fill with wooden cutouts of cat posteriors.
Gardening in the Lines shares a lovely find: ‘the Armchair Book of Gardens’ by Jane Billinghurst.
As winter keeps coming and going this season like a bad boyfriend (on his way here right now with a keg for this weekend), Erin’s post captures the it of the toil:
They are places where life can be lived – secret spaces explored, romances started, books read, friends entertained. Those with patience and an artistic turn of mind can absorb themselves in the task of beautifying their gardens.
Today, January 25, 2012, USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
From the press release:
“For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based interactive format and is specifically designed to be Internet-friendly. The map website also incorporates a “find your zone by ZIP code” function.”
“Compared to the 1990 version, zone boundaries in this edition of the map have shifted in many areas. The new map is generally one 5-degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous map throughout much of the United States. This is mostly a result of using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period; the new map uses data measured at weather stations during the 30-year period 1976-2005. In contrast, the 1990 map was based on temperature data from only a 13-year period of 1974-1986.”
This is exciting! Previous map was terrible to look at online if you live where a few zones come together.
You can find the new map here.
What to Plant Now –> If you haven’t started seeds indoors before, this is one place to start when filling out your calendar.