The topography of our area varies greatly which affects local gardening conditions. We live in what is called a tension zone. To the north are wooded forests and to the south prairie savannahs. Along the east, there is the limestone ledge of the Niagara Escarpment and in the west there are the drumlin hills composed of rock and sand deposited by glaciers. In between there is clay - soil that was formed under the ocean and thrust upward millions of years ago. The area consists of Lake Winnebago, Lake Butte des Morts, Little Lake Butte des Morts as well as the Fox and Wolf Rivers. We are a Hardiness zone 5 to the south and zone 4 away from the water. Due to these differences we have much to share regarding our gardening experiences. We welcome anyone who wants to meet, share, and learn more about gardening in our Fox Cities community.