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Old 04-05-2017, 01:01 AM
 
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What are the best areas to garden in the UP as far as climate gos? When I look at USDA zone maps it looks like Newberry has the warmest winters, not sure about number of frost free days there. But I've heard some things in some threads that seem to contradict some of what I see on zone maps. So any advice on what areas have the longest growing season and warmest winters in the UP?
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:26 PM
 
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Rather than relying on hearsay and speculation, have you contacted the main Michigan State University Extension service or reviewed their Upper Peninsula website?

Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center - College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:06 PM
 
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No I haven't. I'll do that. Thanks
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Old 04-11-2017, 05:32 AM
 
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The area on the Lake Michigan coast from the Wisconsin border/Iron Mt/Escanaba is sometimes referred to as the banana belt of the UP.

Still the problem is it hardly gets hot or even warm for very long so anything that loves heat like peppers or tomatoes aren't a player in the UP.

I found this answer from someone in response to a weather question on a google search. Other things to consider besides frost dates like how much the soil varies btw one spot and another and elevation affecting weather in your spot.

There are a lot of microclimates. We're on a smaller peninsula on Lake Michigan in what is referred to as the "banana belt". Still - don't expect to get your 6-8 weeks of summer back, even here. Our last frost date is in June and 1st frost date in September. Our growing season is about 1 month longer than in Marquette, which is on Lake Superior. Ishpeming, which is near Marquette but not as close to the big lake, gets much more snow & even less of a summer than Marquette does - and the Keweenaw Peninsula has a crazy amount of snow & cold. There is a small town called Amasa near Iron River which is insanely cold because it's in a basin - frequent -30 nights.

I don't know if this is the case everywhere, but the soil varies vastly over short distances, as well. The Great Lakes were formed by glaciers & different materials were pushed up in different places. Gladstone is located on a sand bar. We're situated on top of glacial till so we have to deal with very stony soil. Only a couple of miles from here, the soil is better. We're on high ground, though - so even though their soil is better, we escape our neighbors' frosts.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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The "Garden Peninsula" where else? lol

As a bonus, you'll be close to Fayette. I love going there...
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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MikeBear beat me to it, but I was going to say the Garden Peninsula, too.

Actually, it probably makes a lot of sense since it is buffered somewhat by Lake Michigan. I don't know the origin of the name, but it would follow that it is a relatively decent area to grow a garden, at least by U.P. standards.
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Old 04-16-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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