What Zone am I?
The common books and USDA maps put me at zone 5B but the Garden Web says I am zone 6. What gives? My area code is 62568.
Lately I think I am in zone 3 since an ice storm took down 50% of the trees in this little southern Illinois fart of a town with once beautiful HUGE trees, and left me and the wife without electricty for 3 days and nights. Others may have to wait another week before they have power restored. The entire county has been designated a disastaer area, so zone 6 suddenly seems a bit high to me.
Of course my patience may be running a bit thin lately, due to living in a state freezing and darkenss during an emergency. Zone 6? I don't think so. The zone maps seem to disagree and I'm wondering why all zone maps don't agree.
I reckon it's sorta like the teachers I had decades ago who disagreed. Some thought I was very smart while others suggested I should just go to jail as a boy and get it over with. I'm now 58 and never went to jail, but indeed I must not be very smart. I don't even know fo sho what zone I am in!
Guess it doesn't matter much if you are in a warmer zone and God sends in an ice storm that snaps or cripples every tree in town. If I am in fact in zone 6, that isn't going to put the trees back up again.
I don't really care too much I guess, because I'm going to plant whatever I like and then nurse it along on the "edge" of the borderline of zone 5 or 6. I forget WHY I ever moved here back in 1988 from Irivine, California where I could grow anything I wanted and have an unheated greenhouse.
Guess I just came back home to live a bit too far North of where I grew up in Illinois way down by Kentucky.
Anyway I'd like to know once and for all what exact zone I am in, and I'd appreciate any help you people can offer.