Using the USDA plant hardness zone map. Gardeners in zone 7 will soon find it safe to plant their summer gardens. Gardeners north of zone 7 will need to wait a little while longer before planting non-cold hardy garden plants. USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
When all else fails Read the planting and seedling care information on the back of your seed package(s). Don’t be afraid to consult your nursery’s master gardener and your local USDA agricultural agent.
Nursery’s master gardener’s are trained and employed by nursery’s to ‘Help’ and inform customers on plant / seed selection, how and where to best plant garden vegetables, fruit, nut trees and bushes and fruiting vines like grape and kiwi. Ask questions, to gain more knowledge on gardening. That’s what they are getting paid to do.
USDA agricultural agents Are more specialized in larger farming operations. However any information that applies to farm operations will apply to small scale farms and backyard gardens as well. USDA agents will be glad to answer question, give professional advice and will have a number of fact sheets that you as a gardener will find very useful. It’s all Free. Your tax dollars pay for this agency and the services they provide.
If you don’t live in the U.S.A. look in your telephone under government agencies and locate your nearest agricultural agent.
Universities are a great source for ‘free’ gardening information. Look for and check out University websites in your growing zone. Universities near your home gardening area is best. Most will have a number of fact sheets that you can download or print ‘free’ of charge. University agricultural research and development information is often more up to date that information given by master gardener’s or USDA agricultural agents.
Don’t over look or under estimate the value of information you can gain from visiting and talking to successful ‘Old Timers’ Grand parents, parents and from your gardening friends and neighbors. Don’t be afraid to ask them how, what and why they garden the way they do. Ask them what does and does not work for them in their gardens. They are successful for a reason.
If you must know The answer to your question is NO. You can’t successfully grow Alvarado’s, Bananas or Pineapples in Montana! Just like I can’t grow Blueberries in Oklahoma.
Don’t forget, the First Saturday in May is National Nude Gardening Day It’s good for your health and just a Fun thing to do.
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