Tips for Hardy Gardeners: should people have hardiness-zone ratings?

Apr 16, 2019

Credit By USDA-ARS and Oregon State University (OSU) - USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Public Domain

When you choose to start putting things in the ground around here is all about managing your crops' expectations about what kinds of conditions they're going to find.

Which led to a conversation about hardiness zones and how they've changed (see the USDA 1990 v Arbor Day 2015 map comparisons below) ... and a book provocatively titled The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World  by Michael Pollan.