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Last Freeze & Last Frost Dates
The How Do Gardener ^ | February 16, 2012 | Rick Bickling

Posted on 02/16/2012 8:18:26 AM PST by orsonwb

The most important factor in determining when to plant a certain type of vegetable in your garden is the “Last Freeze Date” in the spring for your area...

(Excerpt) Read more at howdogardener.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: dates; freeze; frost; states
A useful listing of city and state specific Last Freeze and Last Frost dates.
1 posted on 02/16/2012 8:18:37 AM PST by orsonwb
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; Diana in Wisconsin

Garden interest??


2 posted on 02/16/2012 8:33:52 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: orsonwb

Thanks - Mrs Colonel and I were just discussing this morning whether to take the plants out of the greenhouse. Guess I’ll wait another couple of weeks.


3 posted on 02/16/2012 8:35:56 AM PST by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: orsonwb

Bloggggggg PIMP!


4 posted on 02/16/2012 8:36:08 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Who's John Galt?)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

Not sure what you mean by that. Could you explain?


5 posted on 02/16/2012 8:39:13 AM PST by orsonwb
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To: Arrowhead1952; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Garden Group PING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 02/16/2012 8:40:13 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Arrowhead1952; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Garden Group PING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 02/16/2012 8:40:43 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: orsonwb

Blog pimping is posting to FR with a link to your personal blog in an effort to generate traffic to your site.

Lots of peeps do it - some more subtly than others.

Feel free to join the conversation @ the Weekly FR Gardening Thread - which posts on Fridays.


8 posted on 02/16/2012 8:44:41 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Who's John Galt?)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

I came across this site via a link on the site of our local TV garden show, The Central Texas Gardener. I really could care less about what type of fabric to use when making new curtains, and information of that nature, so quite a bit of this site does not interest me. But, I did find some of the gardening specific information useful. I realize it may not be The New York Times, but like I said, I found some of it useful and not readily available on the other sites I read regularly. Most a link be from The Wall Street Journal to post on FR?


9 posted on 02/16/2012 8:55:31 AM PST by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb; ImProudToBeAnAmerican

No. you are doing just fine orson. Never mind what the other guy said. It is not blog pimping to post a link to a website if it is not for personal gain.


10 posted on 02/16/2012 8:59:39 AM PST by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

“Feel free to join the conversation @ the Weekly FR Gardening Thread - which posts on Fridays.”

I usually read this thread every Friday, should I wait until this thread comes out each Friday, and then post any Gardening related article inside that thread? I’m not trying to be a smart a_ _, I just want to make sure I follow protocol.


11 posted on 02/16/2012 9:00:23 AM PST by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb

Good information. Thanks for posting.


12 posted on 02/16/2012 9:01:53 AM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

I believe you owe orson an apology!


13 posted on 02/16/2012 9:03:38 AM PST by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: orsonwb

Thank you for the find and the thread. It seems the TSA mentality is not limited to airports.


14 posted on 02/16/2012 9:06:08 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Gabz

Thank you for the ping.


15 posted on 02/16/2012 9:10:17 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: orsonwb
Typically, blogs do not need to be excerpted on Free Republic. :-) ****

The most important factor in determining when to plant a certain type of vegetable in your garden is the “Last Freeze Date” in the spring, and the “First Freeze Date” in the fall for your area. These dates for a given area are based on historical weather data from that area over a 30 year period compiled by the National Climatic Data Center.

The actual dates that the freezing temperatures occurred each year in a given area, during this 30 year period, are averaged together. Probabilities of a freeze occurring are then assigned to these average dates.

Let’s look at an example.
Last Freeze Date for Abilene, TX
This chart shows the Last Freeze/Frost dates for Abeline, TX.

The first column shows the City and State name.

The second column shows three temperatures. The first temperature, 36°F, is the Frost temperature. Temperature monitoring stations are typically mounted four to six feet above the ground. During clear, calm, and cold nights the temperature at ground level, where your garden is, can become much colder. The second temperature, 32°F, is the Freeze temperature. The third temperature is the Hard Freeze temperature.

The third column titled Spring Date has three sub-columns in it titled Probability Level 90, 50, and 10 with dates listed under them. The lower the probability level number, the less likely it is that a Frost, Freeze, or Hard Freeze will occur on that date.

The Last Freeze Date for this example is April 10. This means that there is only a 10 percent chance that it will freeze on this date. Remember, although statistically accurate, you are really just playing the odds with this date. Before planting you should ALWAYS check your local weather to see if a freeze is in the forecast.

In the table below, click on your state specific data then look for your city’s information in the next screen.

State Click for Chart
Alabama AL - Data Sheet
Alaska AK - Data Sheet
Arizona AZ - Data Sheet
Arkansas AR - Data Sheet
California CA - Data Sheet
Colorado CO - Data Sheet
Connecticut CT - Data Sheet
Delaware DE - Data Sheet
Florida FL - Data Sheet
Georgia GA - Data Sheet
Hawaii HI - Data Sheet
Idaho ID - Data Sheet
Illinois IL - Data Sheet
Indiana IN - Data Sheet
Iowa IA - Data Sheet
Kansas KS - Data Sheet
Kentucky KY - Data Sheet
Louisiana LA - Data Sheet
Maine ME - Data Sheet
Maryland MD - Data Sheet
Massachusetts MA - Data Sheet
Michigan MI - Data Sheet
Minnesota MN - Data Sheet
Mississippi MS - Data Sheet
Missouri MO - Data Sheet
Montana MT - Data Sheet
Nebraska NE - Data Sheet
Nevada NV - Data Sheet
New Hampshire NH - Data Sheet
New Jersey NJ - Data Sheet
New Mexico NM - Data Sheet
New York NY - Data Sheet
North Carolina NC - Data Sheet
North Dakota ND - Data Sheet
Ohio OH - Data Sheet
Oklahoma OK - Data Sheet
Oregon OR - Data Sheet
Pennsylvania PA - Data Sheet
Rhode Island RI - Data Sheet
South Carolina SC - Data Sheet
South Dakota SD - Data Sheet
Tennessee TN - Data Sheet
Texas TX - Data Sheet
Utah UT - Data Sheet
Vermont VT - Data Sheet
Virginia VA - Data Sheet
Washington WA - Data Sheet
West Virginia WV - Data Sheet
Wisconsin WI - Data Sheet
Wyoming WY - Data Sheet

I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you Happy (freeze damage free) Planting.

Data Source: National Climatic Data Center

16 posted on 02/16/2012 9:10:44 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: orsonwb

Good information. Thanks for posting.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 9:12:15 AM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: orsonwb

That guy is wrong; ignore his insult. This is NOT “blog pimping.” This is useful information. Thanks for posting.


18 posted on 02/16/2012 9:13:12 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: orsonwb

We have a number of Barney Fife types over-zealously policing blog posts. They’re really obnoxious in many cases for no good reason other than their own self-importance. Please ignore them and, if they get too obnoxious to you, tell them to ef-off.


19 posted on 02/16/2012 9:23:23 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Just mythoughts; orsonwb

lol @ Just mythoughts

Thanks for the info, orsonwb, was about to ping the garden list keeper to spread the wealth but it’s already done.


20 posted on 02/16/2012 9:25:37 AM PST by agrace
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To: orsonwb

Thanks for the information. Always appreciate good information.


21 posted on 02/16/2012 9:30:16 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: orsonwb

Do not worry about the self appointed anti blog pimp pimps. But I would recommend that you ping JustaDumbBlonde, she maintains the gardening list and can help get the info out.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 9:35:57 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: orsonwb

No, you do not have to wait until Friday to post information interesting to the Garden Group. Thanks for posting.


24 posted on 02/16/2012 9:43:05 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: orsonwb

Well, it looks like it will be safe to put the garden in between May 11 and May 29 and to lay down weed control granules in the flower gardens in early May. Now, I already knoew that, but I’m grateful for the reminder. Thanks.


25 posted on 02/16/2012 9:50:02 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: orsonwb

How funny. I was just going through some seed packets and was thinking I better get these guys going in the window or I’ll miss out entirely come April!


26 posted on 02/16/2012 9:57:34 AM PST by Oratam
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Bloggggggg PIMP!

Well find another thread, its your right to be be wrong . some of us like being pinged for we don't have the time to search all these "blogs"

27 posted on 02/16/2012 10:05:05 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican; shibumi

No need to click on the link. That information is readily available online.


28 posted on 02/16/2012 11:27:01 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Altariel

Wow, they’re showing a good 6 weeks earlier for the last freeze in Central Texas. Yes, it warms up in March but it seems there’s always a night or two of freezing temps right before tax day. I count tax day and Halloween as last and first freezes.


29 posted on 02/16/2012 12:37:31 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: orsonwb

Thanks, very useful.


30 posted on 02/16/2012 12:39:15 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: orsonwb

Nobody on the weekly gardening thread has starch in their shorts.

You are very welcome there.

JustaDumbBlond is currently hosting the thread..


31 posted on 02/16/2012 12:47:45 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: orsonwb

Same Site, Plant Hardiness Zones Maps (USDA)

http://www.howdogardener.com/439-2/plant-hardiness-zones


32 posted on 02/16/2012 1:46:56 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: orsonwb

Thank you for posting the site.

We farm & I am a gardener. Useful information.


33 posted on 02/16/2012 1:52:19 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Altariel

Terrific list. Thanks!


34 posted on 02/16/2012 1:54:38 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: orsonwb

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35 posted on 02/16/2012 3:12:36 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: bgill

When I was in the wood business, I figured, we’d have one more freeze before Easter. After Easter, we did not sell anymore firewood. I was also told by a tomatoe grower to put out the tomatoe plants when the Mesquite trees began to bud out.


36 posted on 02/16/2012 4:33:44 PM PST by tillacum
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To: Gabz; Ellendra; bigheadfred

Thanks Gabz. I picked this up the other day, it's a special extra issue from Fine Gardening mag. Actually, I don't think I'd ever heard of FG.
Starting from Seed

37 posted on 02/16/2012 5:08:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Ellendra; Gabz
Actually, I don't think I'd ever heard of FG.

Right, riiiiggghhht. Usually FG = P(15)-3.5, for good time....

All I know for sure is I've seen it 65 degrees in January and 7" of snow on the 4th of July.

Last year the snowpack was over 200%. This year, no snow, ya know?

Roll the dice.

38 posted on 02/16/2012 5:57:54 PM PST by bigheadfred (Wogga la Hooga)
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To: orsonwb

Thanks for posting—I was actually looking for this info today :)


39 posted on 02/16/2012 6:00:34 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bigheadfred

FG = Fine Gardening. :’)

It’s been one of my favorite winters so far. Could have done without that freezing rainstorm a week or so ago, but there’s no trace of it now.


40 posted on 02/16/2012 6:57:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

And as I was saying today. I just hope this good winter doesn’t last until June. But I’m not sure any of that matters. A kid I work with is in the NG. I asked him if the SHTF if he would shoot me and Sergio, or if he would side with us. HUH? I asked him if he swore an oath to protect the Constitution or defend the government. HUH?

“I just joined to be an Occupier. Give me your free shit. I don’t care if hell freezes over.”


41 posted on 02/16/2012 10:03:21 PM PST by bigheadfred (Wogga la Hooga)
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To: bigheadfred

Good to know the answer of that one in advance, eh? :’)


42 posted on 02/17/2012 3:47:01 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: tillacum

also watch for the pecan trees to start budding


43 posted on 02/17/2012 5:14:50 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Gabz

Do you think Mother Nature will read the schedule! lol Temperatures have been all over the thermometer this year. We are expecting a nor’easter, with dropping temperatures and snow this weekend. This comes after 50 and 60 degree temperatures.


44 posted on 02/18/2012 9:52:58 AM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: tob2

I do believe Mother Nature runs on her own schedule, which she changes whenever she danged well pleases!!!!!

As to the weather - who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. We actually did plan our weekend plans around the fact it’s just going to be a plain old crummy day tomorrow, so we’re getting all our outside stuff and errands run today. Tomorrow we’re just going to head over to Chincoteague and watch a little NASCAR, drink a little beer, and shoot a little pool - not necessarily in that order or those quantities!!!!


45 posted on 02/18/2012 10:29:25 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Rain is starting right now. I can only hope for the best from this weekend storm. The Weather Channel has us right smack dab in the middle of the rain, ice and snow! Good thing I went grocery shopping yesterday.


46 posted on 02/19/2012 7:59:04 AM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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