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Re: New USDA Zone Map

Right on, Gene! The zones are reasonable guidelines for the casual gardener, but I'll go with my experience and instincts in a heartbeat! It's fun to push the envelope sometimes, but my pocketbook is not up to the risk for more than one or two plants.
On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 07:20 AM, Gene Bush wrote:

Two weeks of below normal temps may not change the
statistics much, but it sure plays hell with the plants. Especially if you
had a bunch of stuff based sole upon the new map. I will stick with my
personal experiences where I garden.
These maps are just a jumping off point... no more. Averages are numbers
games. If the odds are 1000 to 1 that you will get a disease that will kill
you and you are the one that catches it and dies you are still very much
dead. Small consolation that the other 999 lived. Very small.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
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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