New USDA map for warmer 21st century. I've always been a 6b...now 7a. Interesting!
I was 8b and now I'm 9a... Interesting. I'm only planting native plants this year and herbs. I might do some peppers but I'm not sure yet.
My zone is still the same - Chicago stays put at 5b. I kind of feel like I got ripped off.
Imakcerka - do hot peppers! I'm going to grow some Tabascos this year.
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I don't think this re-zoning is entirely correct. 95% of time the weather might be warmer, and then during the leftover 5% some crazy weather can happen with an unpredictable cold snap. And there go all the tender plants.
Yeah, that's kind of wonky. It shows my area only getting minimum temperatures or 5 to 10F. That's the typical extreme, but we get those years when it gets down to 0 and everything marginal dies. Nope, I still won't plant anything that can't take a 0'F night.
Hot peppers are easier to grow than sweet. Good luck!
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There's a cold snap in Europe right now - there is snow on the ground in Corsica, in southern France, and around the Colosseum in Rome. There's a photo on CNN of a fountain frozen still in Lyon. Romania had temperatures of -34C (-29F) and the sea waterfront froze solid on Black Sea in Constanza. Crazy! I guess it's one of those once-in-a-few-decades thing. (Although the article went on and on about the cold temperatures in Ukraine, I was under the impression that Ukraine has cold winters normally anyways.)