August 27, 2014

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When all else fails

By Kylee Baumle

When all else fails, the weather is always a good topic to fall back on when trying to make conversation and we’re doing this more than ever this summer. For that matter, we’ve been talking about the weather ever since the winter that wasn’t. There probably isn’t a single person out there that didn’t enjoy the mild winter we had this past year. Okay, maybe snowmobile and skiing enthusiasts weren’t exactly happy about it, but personally, I’ll take another winter just like last, thankyouverymuch.

As a gardener, the effects of the warmer winter were highly appreciated. Here in Paulding County, the USDA places us in plant hardiness Zone 5b. Last year, they reassessed the zones, taking advantage of advanced climate evaluation methods, and most of the country found themselves in a zone or two warmer than they were in previously. But not us. A close look at the new map finds us in a little strip that keeps us in Zone 5b, while all around us they jumped to Zone 6a. I would agree with this, at least as far as Paulding County is concerned.