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Re: zone map

I've never quite understood the zone map.  Never quite made sense to 
me....considering all the different variables.  I don't even think the a and b's would 
be sufficient. 

 Many years ago, I got the Western Gardening book...then they came out with 
the National Gardening book.  I very much appreciated the zoning they use, 
although confusing in that it uses so many numbers, it seems much more appropriate 
for the different areas.  I believe it is called the Sunset zone??  Don't 
have the book in front of me to get the exact name they use.

zone 9....for what it's worth
Texas Gulf Coast (although I live in "unincorporated" Houston, my soil, 
climate, etc. does not match that of Houston, but rather the Gulf Coast area.)

In a message dated 5/28/2003 11:02:36 AM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> No and I was wondering about that, myself. Cursory reading of the AHS
> article on it did not turn up any comments about why this was done. 
> Whether or not they've up the zone, still seems to me that there are
> colder and warmer parts to each zone.  Of course, the zone map is
> just a starting point IMO as it does not take into consideration
> anything but average low temps and there is so much more involved in
> whether a plant is hardy where you are.

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