We moved from Florida to Washington this summer.
From the swamp, to the desert.
Not only has this been a huge change for our family personally, it’s been a huge change in my gardening!
It’s totally different here! But I know I can grow a thriving garden in a new gardening zone. And if you’ve recently moved to a new gardening zone, you can be successful too.
How to Thrive in a New Gardening Zone:
- Look up your new gardening zone! You can find the USDA gardening zones HERE. Just type in your zip and you’ll get your new zone.
- Look up your local ag extension and find a planting guide. This will enable you to know when to plant what. It’s likely going to be different then before!
- Find some local gardening friends! Ask around at your new church, school, work, etc, if anyone knows someone who gardens in town. A study a couple years ago showed 35% of people in the US are gardening! That means 1 in every 3 people is gardening. Ask around and make a new gardening friend, tour their garden, ask them questions! Gardeners LOVE to talk about their gardens.
- Look for local gardening classes. These are often available for free at local libraries. This is a fantastic way to get to know your new gardening zone.
- Look for gardening books for your State or region on Amazon. Look at reviews, and pick one or two books that will give you the best advice based on your area.
- Find a seed savers club. Do a quick search online or ask around your town or library, and see if there is a local seed savers club or library in your new town. This is a great way to connect with local gardening enthusiasts in your zone, but also to get seeds that will perform well in your new gardening zone as well.
- Experiment! Trial and error are often the best teachers. Just start small and be willing to FAIL. Failure is just a part of the gardening experience, even for master gardeners. Embrace the process, and you’ll soon be getting more success.
Follow even a few of these suggestions, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering your new gardening zone!