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Best Gardening Weather?!

The gardening season is upon us. For some regions, the plants are already starting to sprout. In the more northern areas of the country, seeds, transplants, and plans are in the works.

Weather is such an important part of gardening. Ideally, the absolute perfect gardening weather would be sunny days, temperatures in the 70s, and rain two nights a week. What wouldn’t thrive in weather like that (albeit some may find it boring)?

Yet as we all know the weather isn’t perfect anywhere. The Farmers’ Almanac has, in the past, picked the “Top Ten Weather Cities” in the US. But as many have pointed out, our list was very subjective as it considered sunny, warm, and rain-free days as the top criteria.

There are colder weather vegetables and warmer weather vegetables that thrive obviously in different conditions, but generally speaking, what state do you think has the best gardening weather?

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Here are a few to consider:

New Jersey is known as the “garden state,” and has been touted for having some of the tastiest tomatoes and corn. Yet the summers can be very humid, and the growing season short if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Florida is warm year-round, but the summers can be scorchers, making watering a challenge.

Some point to California’s weather and growing season as ideal. Yet others point to the very dry seasons they’ve been experiencing lately.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, in 2006 the following states had the most farms: Texas, Missouri, Tennessee & Kentucky (tie), and Oklahoma. So are they the best weather-states for a backyard garden? Seems like there are some very severe weather conditions in Oklahoma and Texas. Tennessee and Kentucky do have mild winters.

Some of the states that made it to the Farmers’ Almanac “best weather cities” list include:
Arizona — but who wants to pick weeds when temperatures are so hot and humid?
Nevada — who has time to garden here?
Texas –many areas have abundant sunshine and mild winters.
New Mexico–has many cities with abundant sunshine, low humidity, but very little precipitation.
California —three cities in this state made the list, but many are very dry with little precipitation to keep plants watered.

What state do you think has the best gardening weather?
Let us know here.

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1 Haley Wolfe { 04.30.11 at 2:10 pm }

I’m going to hop on the bandwagon with Sandi and Sherrye for the Blue Ridge foothills. I grew up in Alabama, where we had a long growing season but very hot, humid weather, and now I’ve lived in Western North Carolina since 2007. The growing season is similarly long, but with slighty milder weather. Now I’m actually excited about getting outside and gardening!

2 Pj Linner { 04.25.11 at 2:48 pm }

I think it’s best to just Know your State ..what is good at the top of one state is totally different at the bottom ..& as for My State Indiana …it changes from County to County !

3 Betty { 04.25.11 at 2:12 pm }

I live in Florida, and we do garden all year long! The article mentions that summers are scorchers, and they are, but daily thunderstorms deliver plenty of rain. Okra, field peas and sweet potatoes are the best summer crops. Everything else grown from August to May. With that long of a growing season, you don’t need a lot of space to grow enough food for your family, just a good rotation plan!

4 Sherrye { 04.25.11 at 2:05 pm }

I agree with Sandi White……………all the foothills of the Blueridge………NW South Carolina, North Georgia, and some parts of Western NC. I gardened in FL for 30 years and if you stay tropical it’s a snap. Here in Western NC, the season is surprisingly long. My lettuce lasted through 3 snows last years and never even blinked!

5 JoElla Eden { 10.09.10 at 9:04 pm }

I’ve been trying to find the best days for trimming bushes, plant, etc. back before cold weather arrives. I live 60 miles south of st. Louis, Mo. I’m in zone 5. We’ve had such very cool weather here, now here in October, it’s very warm again. Can you tell me what the best days are for flowering bushes in zone 5? Thank you so much.
JoElla Eden

6 sandi white { 10.07.10 at 5:46 pm }

North Georgia, we grow all year long. Summertime crops like beans and tomatoes, Fall peppers, onions and cabbages, field peas. In the winter we grow green onions, collards, turnip greens and kale, come Spring we plant snow peas, green peas, lettuces, spinach and the the rest.

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