Growing in USDA Hardiness Zone 9b
A practical planting schedule for those living in the greater San Jose area.
For the most part, Silicon Valley communities fall within USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9b. (Those living within zip codes 94041, 94043, and 94089 are the exceptions; they have been assigned a Hardiness Zone of 10a). As a result of our ideal Mediterranean climate, local growers are presented the possibility of making use of multiple plantings during a single season for many of the veggies we enjoy growing.
Important dates to keep in mind for the 2017/2018 growing season:
- First frost: December 2 2017
- Last frost: February 17 2018
- 2017 Winter solstice: December 21 2017 @ 08:28
- 2018 Vernal Equinox: March 20, 2018 @ 09:15
- 2018 Summer Solstice: June 21, 2018 @ 03:07
- 2018 Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 2018 @ 18:54
- 2018 Winter solstice: December 21 2017 @ 14:23
Note that based on past performance, there is a 10% chance of frost occurring outside the window of the expected first/last frost dates.