The USDA has created various planting zones creating a standard that both professional & every day gardeners and growers can determine which plants have the highest chance to thrive in any given location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. It’s important that you know your planting zone so you can be on top of what plants you should grow at any given time. This will not only allow you to avoid planting crops that may not survive in your location, but you will be able to find the optimal times that you can grow certain plants in your location. Start building the garden of your dreams by using the following link to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and typing in your zip code to find out what you should be growing right now!