Knowing your Hardiness zone is vital!
To be a successful backyard grower your need to know your USDA Hardiness Zone.
Select varieties which will grow in your hardiness zone. Avoid ones which will not be hardy enough. Planting varieties outside of their typically recognized zones will often cause frustration as they may not thrive and may often suffer winter damage or even die,
Learn your zone and plant accordingly.Find My Hardiness Zone
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USDA Hardiness Zones
Downloadable and printable USDA Hardiness Zone Map