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What is a planting guide for Zone 7?

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Planting guides for U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 7 provide advice regarding when to plant specific plants, flowers and vegetables in the zone, where the lowest temperatures range from 0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Some planting guides offer month-by-month planting suggestions.

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Vegetable planting guides for zone 7 suggest when to sow vegetable seeds for both spring and fall plantings. For instance, asparagus, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, peas, potatoes and spinach should be planted between January and March, while beans, cucumbers, eggplant and squash should be sown between April and May. Fall planting dates do not necessarily correspond to spring dates. For instance, asparagus should be sown in November or December; cabbage, carrots and cucumbers should be sown in August and September; and peas should not have a winter planting at all.

Planting guides arranged by date rather than by plant suggest what garden activities are appropriate on a month-by-month basis. In zone 7, January is a good time to plant root-ball trees and to prune nonflowering trees. Lawns should be reseeded and spring bulbs should be planted and fertilized in March. Annual and perennial flowers can be planted beginning in April, and warm season vegetables can also be planted once the final frost has passed.

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