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Posted: Jul/27/2010 3:11 PM PST
Zones 3 and 4
Zone 3a is located in the International Falls area of Minnesota. The season of spring is through the months of April 15 and June 15. The fall season is during the months of August 15 and October 1. In zone 4, the spring season is during the months of April 15 and June 15. Fall takes place in the months of September 1 and October 15. Zone 4a is in the area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, while zone 4b is located in Northwood, Iowa. The minimum temperatures in zone 4 range anywhere from minus 20 to minus 30 F.
Posted: Nov/21/2010 2:12 AM PST
Ah, now we're talking - coming from the Great White North I full well know about gardening in zone 3. Gardening is much simpler there - there are four very distinct seasons. In the Parkland Region of Manitoba, Canada, every garden is planted anywhere from latter April to and including the third week in May. This year the rains prevented some gardens from being planted until June. What can you grow in a prairie garden? Having lived in a little house on the prairie, the answer's everything you need to eat hearty and put things up. This includes potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, dill, tomatoes, carrots, rutabagas, turnips, peas, beans, corn, onions, garlic, squash,celery.... well you get the picture and a few small rows will, in normal years, give you enough to share with neighbors and friends. Fruit in the region includes apples, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, saskatoons, blue berries,and others. Hazelnuts abound - the bears love them. Mushrooms are there for the picking (this is only for those who know what they are picking). By the way, the morel season is only a few select days (between the first and third week of May in central Manitoba). In Minnesota I'd expect this timeframe might be moved up a week or two? If anyone knows for sure, please reply.