Gardening In Zone 4: Tips For Gardening In Cold Climates
Zone 5: Rainy Season And Hot Days
The coldest part of the year is zone 5. It is hot days and rainy season. There are no cool nights here, so it’s not really a good place to grow anything. The only thing that grows well in zone 5 are flowers and herbs. You might want to plant some annuals like dahlias or other perennials, but they won’t survive long in zone 5.
Zones 6 – 8: Summer And Spring Seasons
In zones 6 through 8, there is a slightly cooler climate than in zones 1 through 3. There are still hot days and sunny afternoons, but the weather isn’t quite as oppressive as it is in zones 1 through 3. Zones 6 through 8 are best suited for growing most types of crops. Some fruits and vegetables will do well here, too.
Zones 9 – 12: Winter And Snowy Seasons
In zones 9 through 12, the temperature stays fairly constant throughout the day. The sun doesn’t set until around midnight, so you’ll have to get up early enough to make your way home before dark. There’s a lot of snow in these zones, so prepare yourself for a lot of shoveling and plenty of hot cocoa to keep you going.
Zones 13 And Up: Frigid Polar Climates
If you live in zones 13 through 15, you should probably just move because nothing is going to grow here. Unless you like the cold, there’s nothing at all to recommend living here.
Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the various types of plants that can grow in each climate.
Tips For Successful Gardening In Cold Climates
Many people think that living in cold climates is difficult because of the snow and below freezing temperatures. While this is certainly true, growing plants in these conditions is actually easy if you just follow these tips.
Water Your Plants – Nobody ever claims that growing plants in a cold climate is easy. One of the most important parts of plant care is watering your plants. You might be tempted to just let Mother Nature handle this part, but you’ll find that this doesn’t work very well. Instead, you should water your plants on a regular basis.
Use Fertilizer – It’s important to keep your plants healthy by providing them with the nutrients that they need in order to survive in a cold climate. Using fertilizer on your plants is an important part of plant care in cold climates.
Pick Your Plants Carefully – There are a few types of plants that actually do better in cold weather. Most tropical plants, for example, simply won’t thrive in cold weather conditions. Choose your plants carefully before you decide to grow them.
Choose Your Location Carefully – Just as some plants don’t do well in cold weather conditions, the same is true of where you decide to plant them. You’re probably not going to have much luck planting a banana tree in your backyard. Think carefully before you start planting and you’ll have better results.
Tips For Successful Gardening In Hot Climates
It might seem strange, but growing plants in hot climates is more complicated than you might think. This is especially true if you’re trying to grow something that isn’t accustomed to these sorts of conditions. Keep these tips in mind when growing plants in a hot climate.
Water Your Plants – Just as it’s important to water your plants in cold climates, it’s also important to water your plants in hot climates. The only difference is, you’ll want to water your plants less in a hot climate. This might sound counterintuitive, but you don’t want to over water your plants. This can make things worse, so just give them enough water to keep them thriving.
Find A Shade Tree – This might not seem like an important part of plant care, but it actually is. When you’re trying to grow something that doesn’t normally thrive in hot conditions, you’re going to need all the help you can get. A tree that provides shade throughout the day is going to keep your plants from overheating and dying.
Research Your Plants – Before you decide to go out and buy a bunch of seeds, do a little research to see what types of plants are going to thrive in your climate. If you want to grow something that isn’t native to your area, you might have to help it along by providing the right conditions for it to thrive in.
Think Like A Plant – This seems to be a bizarre tip, but it’s really not. In order to provide the right conditions for your plants, you’re going to have to think like a plant. For example, if you’re growing something that thrives in shady areas, then you shouldn’t place it near a window that receives a lot of sun.
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