can you grow citrus in north carolina?
I looked at zone maps and there is zone 8 in north carolina; is it possible to grow citrus without having to to use extensive protection?
The main citrus I'm interested in is oranges, limes, and lemons and the area I'd be looking at would be southern north carolina.
I want a zone that will give me a decent growing season but that isn't really hot and dry like states in the deep south, so zone 8 sounds ideal for that. Would this basically describe the growing zone for north carolina?
I'd also like to be able to direct sow veggies in spring from seed, and have them mature in time before hot weather sets in; is this possible in north carolina?