Gardeners like to keep track of the weather. In Cheyenne, the wind is something we are very much in touch. Could it have something to do with being the 4th windiest city in the nation?
Now there is an amazing new graphical representation of the daily wind direction and speed. It almost resembles dog hair moving and changing. You won’t believe it until you see it here.
Devil’s ivy or pothos is a popular foliage houseplant. It has heart shaped leaves that vine or trail far out of the pot. It often has variegated leaves with splotches of yellow or white. It needs bright but not direct light. Grow pothos on the wet side in summer and drier in winter. Pinching the tips encourages bushiness. Regular fertilization will encourage robust growth. Devil’s ivy is easy to grow and relatively free of pests.
It is great for office cubicles or low light rooms.
At long last there is a new USDA plant hardiness zone map.
This guide was last updated in 1990 and was long overdue for a revamping to take into account climatic changes. These planting maps are based primarily upon average minimum temperatures. There are a total of 13 zones. 1 is coldest (-60 to –50). 13 is hottest (60 to 70) and is found only on Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
The new map can be found on the USDA website. It uses 30 years of weather data gathered from 1976 to 2005. It is more precise than the 1990 version, showing It is designed for the Web and using their zip codes you see your zone down to half-mile segments. Many areas now find themselves in warmer zones
Cheyenne is now in a new climate zone.
Cheyenne used to be solidly in zone 4 is now one full zone warmer, zone 5.
“Because this map is mostly based upon temperature, it doesn’t account for Cheyenne’s extreme winds and lack of winter snow cover. Therefore, I would caution people to not jump blindly into growing zone 5 plants and instead look at what is proven to do well here,” said Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Director Shane Smith. Cheyenne gardeners should instead stick to following the colder, zone 4 designation especially when selecting trees and shrubs, stated Smith.
German immigrants brought the idea of planting to the New World that were very appropriate for their windy prairie settlements. However, they didn’t become popular until the 1930s dust bowl when farmers and ranchers were encouraged to establish shelterbelts throughout the Great Plains region to prevent wind erosion.
Shelterbelts not only provide much needed crop protection, but also provide other positive benefits to the people and animals that dwell around them.
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