Saturday, April 4, 2009


A gardening zone refers to a huge area encouraging the growth of certain types of plants in that area as the environment and the soil in that zone is optimum to grow those plants. Gardening zones can be marked on gardening maps so that you know exactly which zones encourage the growth of particular plants. You can find a gardening zones booklet for your particular area and also for your country where the whole country is divided into a gardening zone. You can also find out in which gardening zone you are on the internet. The gardening zone database is continuously updated on the internet and you are sure to find what you require.

For example the whole of United States is divided into 7 gardening zones. Each gardening zone has peculiar characteristics. You should find out which gardening zone you are in so you know exactly what type of plants you can grow in your garden. A gardening zone maybe subject to climatic zones over several years and so the companies offering gardening zone information should update their books, charts and websites accordingly so that people are not misled.

A gardening zone map comes in handy. You can purchase a printed gardening zone map or download the map from the website. Let's take an example of the gardening zones in the US. The zone maps in the US are based on the average temperatures for each area across the whole country. Many factors such as the sun, wind, snow and rainfall in your area can affect the temperature which in turn affects the growth of particular plants. The zone map is used to determine which varieties of plants are best for your garden. The gardening zones also suggest the appropriate time to plant. There are many companies that refer the gardening zones to determine their shipping plants dates. The orders are shipped at the proper planting time for each area. They are shipped based on the hardy zone your order zone your order is shipped to.

The US map is divided into 8 Garden Zones at present (starting from zone 3 and going up to zone 10) depending on the type of temperatures that the zones experience. For example Zone 3 has average temperatures ranging from -30 to -20 degrees Celsius, zone 9 has temperatures ranging between 30 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius and zone 10 has temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.