I am now in zone 6A according to the new USDA zone map. I was 5B until the new map came out, is that global wamng? USDA zone maps are based much more on what the low temperature for an area is than on first and last frost dates, therefore, the frost dates can vary greatly within the same zone.
We are officially zone 5 in Eastern WA but practically more a zone 4. Last frost can be as late as June 1st and about every 5 years we get a frost in July or August. We had rain here this year in July when most of the country was in a drought but we also had a very late summer and already had frost twice. The great thing was that the lettuce did not bolt until late July. I was able to plant an additional garden in a better location with some more sun and was able to grow a few nice water melons for the first time ever. We had a bumper crop of tomatoes but had to harvest more than half green. Zucchini were abundant as well and we eat them as spaghetti now which is great for our low-carb diet. Eggplant and peppers didn't do so well. I'm learning to live with the weather and plant mostly cold-hardy veggies, leafy greens,onions, garlic, a few beets and carrots. I also planted some additional trees, 2 prune plums, 2 western hazelnuts, a gooseberry shrub. I also grew some rhubarb from seed and next year should be able to supply our whole town with rhubarb plants, LOL.
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Don't give up! I think this has been a rough year for all of us. For me, last year I had problems with too much rain. Just as the tomatoes were doing great, we received lots of rain. We tried digging holes near the plants to help the water have a place to go, but lots of the roots rotted anyway. Then the plants couldn't pull up enough water since their root systems were badly damaged, so we hilled up dirt around the stalks, hoping the plants could form new roots. They finally came out of it and started producing - just as fall arrived. So we barely got any tomatoes. This year we were fighting a drought. The plants survived, but they really need rainwater, not tapwater, to thrive. Again, we had tomatoes, but not enough to can. (The zucchini of course did wonderfully both years.) Hopefully next year will be better. I'm just going to get my garden ready, dig in plenty of compost and leaves this fall to make the soil as healthy as I can, and start again next year.
I think I'm in zone 7. I'm a newby to gardening and have failed horribly this year. If it did manage to grow it didn't produce anything. Not sure if I want to try it again next year. This was my second year trying to have veggies without any luck.
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I don't know if it is the same in other countries, but her in the USA, the country is divided into planting zones. I am in Zone 5. Average last frost date in the spring is May 7th. It is usually recommended to delay planting warm vegetable seeds like corn and beans until May 15th, as we do occasionally get a late frost and sometimes the ground hasn't warmed up enough for the seeds to germinate. It is also recommended that you wait until June 1st to plant tomato and pepper plants, as they need warmer soil temperatures. Cool season crops like potatoes, onions, radishes, and many others can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed enough, often in March or early April. In the fall, the average frost date is mid October. It has come as early as late September for me (followed then by 4 weeks of above freezing temps, so if I had covered all my plants I would have been still harvesting for another month - live and learn).
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