Get better at gardening by using this newly updated tool : Life Kit The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map helps home gardeners pick which plants to grow. But recently, roughly a quarter of the country has moved zones. What does this mean for your backyard plants? This episode, how to understand the changes to the hardiness zone map and other factors to think about when planning out your garden.

Get better at gardening by using this newly updated tool

Get better at gardening by using this newly updated tool

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The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map helps home gardeners pick which plants to grow. But recently, roughly a quarter of the country has moved zones. What does this mean for your backyard plants? This episode, how to understand the changes to the hardiness zone map and other factors to think about when planning out your garden.

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Illustration of potted plants including hydrangea, azalea, palm tree, sage, picking up and moving as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map was updated in 2023, shifting about half of the United States into a new zone, and impacting which plants, particularly perennials, will grow in which locations.
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