Whether you’re a serious gardener or just want to grow a few tomato or cucumber plants in a small backyard spot, knowing what grows well where you live is important. If you aren’t sure what fruits and veggies will thrive in your climate, the USDA Hardiness Zone will tell you what you need to know. Here’s how to find out what zone you’re in and plan accordingly.
1. Your Zone Map
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map details 11 different planting zones. There is a lot of science behind this map, with each zone having a 10 degree F difference in average winter temperatures than the zone right next to it. Knowing that, you can see how understanding exactly which zone you live in could have an effect on your garden. Some zones are even split into A and B regions.