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According to the Map I'm Zone 6 but I was told to go by Zone 5 because of elevation.Anyone else have this problem.One thing that helps me I think is my Garden is at top of a ridge where it can get some wind and move the air around.

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Hi Rocky; I thought you were in a no parking zone.. When you get above the tree line I think you change zones.. If I recall, the picture of your house didn't show trees. You say its pretty windy where you are eh? Happy Birthday
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According to who I ask , I'm in Zone 6 or 7. I've got a micro-climate situation that makes it even more complicated. To be safe , I lean towards the cooler Zone......jack
 

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since I am in Northern zone 6 my thought is to learn toward the cooler zone for things to survive the winter and toward the warmer zone for things to do well in the summer. that is how I choose perennials.
 

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Elevation can effect the 'micro-climate' due to wind current changes, exposure, etc. I wouldn't worry about it too much... If it really bothers you, and there's not a zone 5 variety for the plant you wish to try, start indoors early, or offer a little protection on colder, windy days and at night for a while. One zone either way hasn't really affected anything I've done - here in IL (700 f.a.s.l.), or at 4000 feet in the mountains of Idaho. My saved seeds have worked perfectly well in both areas, but then I start most everything I can indoors anyway... Just too impatient I guess! Really just depends on how much work you want to do, and how much the particular plants can handle.

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