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RE: New USDA Zone Map

I can't get the file to open so I can't say. All I get is a black
screen. Is this new map in any of the gardening mags yet? I need to
access a print copy - thanks!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 26 May 2003 08:01:36 -0700

>Yes, and most of TN is now in 7.  With our recent very mild winters, it
>does make sense.  I was having more problems with heat than cold and have
>had some "tenders" that would have been killed during the winter make it
>through.  What I am wondering is how long this might last.  This spring has
>been one of the wettest on record and with many more "cool" periods...we
>are going through one now...Memorial Day Weekend and too cool for swimming.
>Bonnie Zone 7 ETN
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Kitty Morrissy <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
>> To: Agardenchat <gardenchat@hort.net>; AMaster_Gardeners
>> Date: 05/25/2003 8:46:36 AM
>> Subject: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map
>> I've been looking over the new USDA Zone map and find that I have been
>> definitely moved into Zone 6 - though you couldn't prove it by this past
>> winter.  Gene and I have had a friendly debate going on for some time
>> about the previous zone listings.  I'm in northeastern IN and he's in
>> southern IN - not all that far from the Ohio River. The new map appears
>> to show him in 6, but the area immediately surrounding the river is 7, so
>> he may be 6 or 7, can't really tell.   The previous zone map (as viewed
>> in back of AHS A-Z) shows Indiana as zone 5 down to below Indianapolis,
>> then Zone 6 clearly through the rest of the state, through KY and into
>> TN.  EXCEPT it also showed a an eliptical dip of Z5 in the central part
>> of the Zone part 6 portion of IN.  I hadn't noticed that b4 and perhaps
>> that included Depauw, so he would have been Z5 then. Anyway, the news is,
>> most of IN is now 6, a narrow ribbon at the bottom is 7, and a big chunk
>> on the nw side of the stat is still Z5.  I still won't bet the farm on Z6
>> plants surviving here, but may possibly take a few risks in future.  Has
>> anyone else experienced a zone change? KittyZone 6, northeastern IN
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Kemp TX/zone 8A


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