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NOAA map for gardeners about climate normals - MN Weather Talk, March 27, 2015

USDA Plant Hardiness Map for Minnesota
Excerpt from MN Weather Talk by U of M Climatologist Mark Seeley, March 27, 2015

NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - released a helpful guide for gardeners to use this spring which is a map depicting the new climate normals. Plant Hardiness Zones have clearly shifted geographically with the changing climate and NOAA scientists explain this in some detail at the web site in an article titled "Planting your spring garden? Consider climate's 'new normals.'" Read more

So when selecting plants for your garden, always choose plants that are listed for your hardiness zone. This indicates the plant has been trialed by the breeders and proven to survive and thrive in the zone listed. Not sure of your hardiness zone? Consult the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

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