Massachusetts includes these US geographic areas. See the map to the right for the location of each area. Click a link to to to pages with local gardening information for that area.
There are 7,700 farms in Massachusetts with 520,000 acres of cropland. The average farm size is 68 acres. Major crops and their national ranking are: cranberries (2nd), wild blueberries (2nd), squash (9th), maple syrup (9th), raspberries (10th), apples (12th), pumpkins (13th), organics (13th), pears (15th), highbush blueberries (17th), strawberries (18th), greenhouse vegetables (19th), sweet corn (19th), broccoli (20th).
Volunteers are available to answer gardening questions for free. The statewide organization has a free Help Line that takes questions by phone or email. For information about how to contact them, visit their website:
The New England Vegetable Management Guide, developed in collaboration with other New England University systems, provides information about cultural practices for vegetables, including soil fertility and nutrients, soil management, cover crops, organic production, raised beds, irrigation, and pest management.
UMass Extension services provide information about Integrated Pest Management.
The New England Small Farm Institute's mission is to support beginning farmers and sustainable, small scale farming throughout the Northeast.
The Farm Guide lists farmers markets, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture and other resources in Southern New England.
These pages by "Find the Best" let you find average high and low temperatures for each month of the year and annual rainfall.
Enter a town, city, or zip code to see average temperatures for an area. Then click "See Details" next to a name to see a chart of average high and low temperatures for each month.
Enter a town ,city, or zip code to see average yearly rainfall for your area.
This interactive hardiness zone map by PlantMaps lets you zoom to an area or enter a zip code to show the average low temperature for each area of the state. This is helpful in determining which plants will survive in your area and which will do well. For example, most apple varieties won't survive in zones 1 to 3 and won't do as well in zones 8 and above because summers are too hot and they don't get enough hours of cold temperatures in the winter.
Enter a zip code in the search box at the top and click "Zoom to Zip". A box will pop up with information including the Average First Frost and Average Last Frost for this zip code. This is critical in most areas for determining planting dates.
This interactive heat zone map by PlantMaps lets you zoom to an area or enter a zipcode to see the number of days a year with temperatures over 86 degrees. This is useful for determining whether certain heat loving plants such as citrus will do well.