About Zone5Gardening

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Zone 5 is a component of concept developed by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The concept is known as Hardiness zone, which is a geographically defined area, where only certain plants are capable of growing, as defined by climatic conditions. Thus, only specific plants have the ability to survive in the minimum temperatures of the zone. There are 12 zones of the heat-zone map which indicates the average number of “heat-days” each year, the region will face.

A garden is not just a space for growing fruits, vegetables, flowers etc. It is a paradise for many people, but if you are in zone 5 the climatic conditions will make gardening a tough job. In zone 5, temperatures generally range from -10 to -20°F. Zone 5 consists of a strip which consists of rich soil, but the climatic conditions are too extreme. The USDA hardiness zone addresses only winter temperatures. Thus, a plant that normally prospers in zone 5 may die in a particularly cold spot. However, if there is some plant which you really desire to plant, then you should go ahead and try growing it in a warm spot.

The U.S. cities which come under the zone 5 are - Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Omaha, Nebraska, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The snow fall is irregular in zone 5 winters, providing no dependable insulating cover. The rainfall in zone 5 is adequate in spring and fall, but it is meager in the summers. The condition in zone 5 is normally windy but it sometimes become violent. The sun-rays are direct and very strong.

Thus, there are certain specific plants which grow in zone 5, owing to the climatic conditions there. However, don’t just limit yourself to these specific plants to grow in zone 5, but as mentioned, that the possibilities of these plants to outwinter successfully in the respective zone are sky-high.