First and Last Frost Dates: What All Home Gardeners Should Know

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We know intuitively that climate affects gardening. Palm trees that thrive in Florida won’t survive in a suburban Chicago landscape because the winters are too cold. Many garden decisions, however, are not so clear-cut. Tomatoes grow well in both Florida and Illinois gardens, but not at the same time of year. The difference is the growing season itself, which is defined by the last and first frost dates.

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What are frost dates? 

 

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