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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
Find your Plant Hardiness Zone here.

Reflecting on the Growing Season

With winter now in full swing for most of us, it’s easy to put the garden on the back burner and forget about it until spring. But if you do that, you’re missing one of the best parts of the year! Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the past growing season while it’s still fresh in the mind and write down what went well, what didn’t, and what could be added for next year.

My list. Thankfully, most of my additions ended up on the left side of the list! My list. Thankfully, most of my additions ended up on the left side of the list!

I added a lot of perennials and vegetables to my garden this past season. A variety of them did great, but some did not fare so well. My white Peonies did awesome; my pink Peonies grew but didn’t bloom, leading me to believe that I may have planted them too deep. My annual wildflowers didn’t bloom as profusely as I’d hoped for; I don’t think they got enough sun. The squirrels got all of my squash blooms and my beets just didn’t work out.

This fall, I dug up my pink Peony and re-planted it closer to the surface. I didn’t get the chance to add much this fall, but cleaned everything up and added my raked leaves to the garden beds for the winter. I did add Daffodils to both the garden bed and also the green spaces outside of my house. While planting, I was reminded of Wordsworth’s famous poem The Daffodils.

Wordsworth Daffodils

I write in my garden journal each winter, dreaming, scheming and longing for spring. How do you reflect on your garden in the winter months? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!

White Peony My white Peony did fabulous this year!
Columbine and Salvia The Columbine and Salvia both did great this year.

One thought on “Reflecting on the Growing Season”

  • Elizabeth

    What I am doing this winter regarding my gardening, is trying to figure where I am going to put my new vegetable garden. I have been using a community garden because I have two dogs and I didn't want them to get into the garden, but this year I have finally figured out how to utilize a raised bed. Now I just have to figure out how to get the materials, looking to reuse old brinks or pavers and what to put in the garden that I can grow in afternoon sun.

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