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#1 of 8 Old 01-25-2012, 12:47 PM - Thread Starter
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New USDA map for warmer 21st century. I've always been a 7a. Interesting!

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Thank you for this. It's the 1st one I've seen that shows counties when you click on individual states.

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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.

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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.

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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.)


Some pictures of the cold snap on CNN



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