Of course most of our conversation dealt with the incredibly mild winter we've had so far. Tuesday when we met the high was 60 degrees! We also talked about how it seems that the mild winter has really extended the growing season. This conversation is consistent with an article I read about the overall pattern of warming in the U.S. has the plant zones moving north.
You can find the entire article here along with seeing maps and links to the updated zone map.
It's official: Gardeners and farmers can count on warmer weather. If that's you, it might be a good time to rethink those flower and vegetable beds for this year's growing season.
That's the word from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released a new version of its "Plant Hardiness Zone Map" this week, the first update since 1990. The color-coded zones on this map of the United States are widely used as a guide for what perennial flowers will survive in a particular area, or when to plant your vegetables.
*ode to Grant Wood's classic American Gothic - which is so called because of the style of the home in the background.