Zone5B on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map includes much of the central part of the U.S. and runs from southeast Colorado through northern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. Central and lower Michigan and spots in northern Nevada and southern Oregon are also in this zone, where temperatures may reach minus 15 degrees.
This area is suitable for a wide range of vegetables, including some that may be planted in late winter or early spring. Cabbage, which requires full sun and moist soil in this zone, takes two to four months to mature for harvest.
Leaf lettuce, which is available in several varieties, should be planted in loose, well-draining soil and requires full sun and regular water. This area is suitable for a wide range of vegetables, including some that may be planted in late winter or early spring.
Radishes provide nearly immediate gratification, as some varieties, including Cherry Bell and Crimson Giant, are ready to harvest three weeks after planting. Knowing when to start your seeds and transplant them outdoors will help to maximize your harvest.
You should adjust the planting dates relative to your particular area, and the specific variety of vegetables going into your garden. See the chart (below) to view the average dates of first and last freeze (low temperature reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit) for each zone.
Zone First Freeze Free Dateless Freeze Free Date2July 30August 153July 15September 14June 15September 155May 30October 16May 15October 157April 15October 308March 15November 159February 1November 3010RareDecember 15The Vegetable Garden Planting Calendar below will help you plan if and when your seeds should be started indoors, when to start or transplant your seeds/seedlings to the outdoors, and roughly when to expect to harvest your seeds. Each vegetable has a variety of types, each one with a slightly different growing season, and length.
I don’t start my own tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, or onions. I buy all those things as transplants on one warm weekend in May and call it good.
Early crops: Turnips, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes. Bush beans planted at July 4th will usually set a crop before frost.
Lettuce and kale might need to be started indoors, or under shade, because they don’t like hot weather at all. Spinach planted after October will really get eaten in the spring, but it’s totally worth planting that late because it’ll be the first thing you eat in June (even without a greenhouse).
Free moments find me in my garden or the forest, hugging trees and all that jazz. It encourages followers to eat a certain amount of protein, carbs and fat at every meal in order to reduce inflammation in the body, among other health benefits.
BOTTOM LINE: The Zone diet focuses on eating a specific ratio of macronutrients to combat inflammation. Though the eating pattern may be linked to several benefits, the proponents of the diet also make many strong and unfounded health claims around its efficacy.
The Zone Diet instructs its followers to stick to eating a specific ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. As part of the diet, carbs should have a low glycemic index, which means they provide a slow release of sugar into the blood to keep you fuller for longer.
The Zone Diet was developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. Barry Sears, an American biochemist. Dr. Sears developed this diet after losing family members to early deaths from heart attacks, and felt that he was at risk unless he found a way to fight it.
Dr. Sears proposed inflammation was the reason people gain weight, become sick and age faster. Summary: The Zone Diet follows a specific ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat.
The Zone Diet has no specific phases and is designed to be followed for a lifetime. Most people start with the hand-eye method and progress to using Zone food blocks later, since it is more advanced.
Your five fingers remind you to eat five times a day and never go without food for five hours. The hand-eye method is designed to be a simple way for a beginner to follow the Zone Diet.
Dinner (4 food blocks): Grilled salmon, lettuce and sweet potatoes. Pre-Bedtime Snack (1 food block): Cottage cheese, nuts and fruit.
Dinner (3 food blocks): Grilled salmon, lettuce and sweet potatoes. Pre-Bedtime Snack (1 food block): Cottage cheese, nuts and fruit.
Dr. Sears recommends testing three blood values to determine whether you are in “the Zone.” This is the ratio of “bad” fats known as triglycerides to “good” HDL cholesterol in your blood.
A high number for your TG/HDL ratio increases your risk of heart disease (1). A high number for your AA/EPA ratio is linked with a higher risk of depression, obesity and other chronic diseases (2, 3, 4).
You can test your ratio for AA/EPA at home with a kit purchased on the Zone Diet website. This is a marker of your average blood sugar levels over the preceding three months.
The Zone Diet recommends that you take omega-3 supplements, such as fish oil, to maximize health benefits. They decrease the “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, and may reduce your risk of other chronic health diseases (6).
The Zone Diet also recommends taking polyphenol supplements, which are molecules found in plants that have antioxidant properties. You can use blood tests to check if you’re in “the Zone.” It is recommended to supplement with omega-3s and polyphenols.
However, it does recommend against options that are unfavorable, such as added sugar and processed foods. The Zone Food Block method can also help fat loss because it controls how many calories you eat per day.
It is well known that controlling your calorie intake helps with weight loss (14, 15). Reducing diet-induced inflammation to reach “the Zone is another claim the diet makes.
The study did find people on a Zone -based ratio lost more weight. Interestingly, the study also found no significant differences in blood values of sugar, fat and cholesterol between the two groups.
Summary: The Zone Diet makes hefty health claims. Although the theory behind the diet may be linked with better health outcomes, there is not enough evidence to say the diet will reduce your risk of chronic disease, slow down aging, improve physical performance or help you think faster.