Gardening Indexes at: Yahoo | Google
Online Botanic Reference Sites by William Rubel
Growing Lifestyle
Anglian Gardner
Gardener's Supply
Ortho: Product Guide
Scotts: Gardening 

See Also: Lawn Care
how-to-care-for-your-lawn at

Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension of Somerset County at RCE
Pests of Homes, Structures, People, and Pets at UC Davis
You Bet Your Garden at WHYY, Philadelphia, by Mike McGrath TO TREE INSECT
Home Horticulture
 Bugwood Network entomology, forestry, forest health

Get Growing with Farmer Fred - Central and N. California
UC Davis Small Farm Center
Hardiness Zones:
2015 Arbor Day Foundation update
Gardening hardiness zones In response to requests for up-to-date information, the Arbor Day Foundation developed the new zones based on the most recent 15 years' data available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 5,000 National Climatic Data Center cooperative stations across the United States.

The new map reflects that many areas have become warmer since 1990 when the last USDA hardiness zone map was published. Significant portions of many states have shifted at least one full hardiness zone.
Lookup your first and last freeze/frost dates by zip code

Changes from 1990 to 2006 at
1990 Map

Gardening zones
Many places e.g. Los Angeles (zone 9-11), Truckee, CA (zones 5b-7b), New Brunswick, NJ (6a-7a), cover a range depending on where you are in the city.
See: (N. America)
Zn Minimum Temp
1 < -50° F Fairbanks
2 -50 to -40° Prudhoe Bay, AK
3 -40 to -30° International Falls, MN; N. Montana, Jackson Hole, Calgary
4 -30 to -20° SD, VT, Park City, Vail
5 -20 to -10° Denver, Des Moines, IL, W. MA, Whistler
6 -10 to   0° St. Louis, NJ, Boston, Lake Tahoe
7   0 to  10° Oklahoma City, VA
8  10 to  20° Dallas, Gainsville
9  20 to  30° Sacramento, Houston; Central FL
10  30 to  40° Victorville, CA; Miami
11     > 40° Honolulu; Mazatlan, Mex.
See Also: Plant Hardiness Zones at

First frost dates: | Bonnie Plants | Dave's Garden | Old Farmers Almanac

Plant Finders:
Plant Finder - Inland Valley Garden Planner

Miscelaneious Notes:
  • Planting
  • Fall Watering:
    One of the most neglected fall chores is watering...once the weather cools, we often forget that our plants still need water. In areas that freeze hard in the winter, late season watering is especially critical because roots will be unable to take in moisture when the soil is frozen. Be sure your gardens are well irrigated shortly before freeze up, whether by deep, soaking rains or by your irrigation system.
  • Weed control
  • Stump Removal

Deer Management:
Wireless Deer Fence
Mike's Anti-Deer Recipe

Deer Resistant Plants at Rutgers, Cornell, Deer and People in NJ at

Planters Raised beds

Arch Arbor Trellis See Also:
Frost Dates at
Plant Identification

Drought tolerant gardens - Water Conservation Gardening
Automated Irrigation Systems
  Kill Lawn for Drought Resistant yard
Watering Timers in products
How to Cut Down a Tree
How to Prune Roses
Inflating a tubless wheelbarrow tire
Lookup your first and last freeze/frost dates by zip code
Adult Classes | Common Ground Garden on the grounds of the Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church.

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

last updated 26 July 2007