Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Zone maps are hard to read

I am trying to find out which planting zone I live and garden in. It is either 7b or 8a. It probably doesn't make a LOT of difference, but I am a detail oriented girl. In the US it is easy to find out which zone you are in. There are many sites on the internet that you just put in your zip code and you get your zone. In Canada I can't find such an animal. You try to sort it out by map. It's pretty easy in most parts of the country, but if you live on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada, the map is shown in tight little bands of colour, so really hard to pinpoint.
I went to pick up some vitamins today. Next door to Lifestyle Market is Sidney Pet Store. I'm not sure how I even noticed, but out front over in the far corner, tucked behind some structure, was a pallet. A really nice pallet. A brand new pallet. What I have found with pallets, when they are in great shape, there is usually a deposit on them and they aren't given away. So, being a connoisseur of pallets, I thought I'd ask. So now I have a lovely new pallet. Yay.


Becky said...

If only it was as a simple as a map. We are in zone 4 in a funny little finger that comes down from the north in our part of New York State. But elevation, bodies of water, buildings and even stone walls can cause a small micro climate. Zone 7 sounds pretty sultry to me!

Erin said...

We are really lucky here. It's a beautiful seaside town. We get very little if any snow. And in the winter it's wet and doesn't go below 0 very often. We can grow some citrus with some winter protection. Sorry, now it sounds like I'm just gloating.