What can I grow in San Francisco?

What you choose to grow will affect your costs, materials, and how you plan your physical garden as well as your gardening calendar. Fortunately, we are blessed with a mild, year-round growing climate in San Francisco, which affords us the ability to grow most common fruit and vegetables.

When choosing what to grow, you’ll want to pay attention to your neighborhood’s growing climate. While the National Gardening Association provides an interesting national-level map for climate zones, the West Coast, and Fog City in particular, is characterized by various microclimates which affect plants differently. Luckily, the great Pam Peirce outlines the different climate zones in her incredible book, Golden Gate Gardening. The following is a summary of San Francisco’s gardening climate zones, by neighborhood.

Fog Belt

  • Diamond Heights
  • Ingleside
  • Lake Merced
  • Richmond
  • Sunset/Parkside
  • West of Twin Peaks

Transition Zone

  • Eureka/Noe Valleys
  • Excelsior
  • Glen Park
  • Haight
  • Pacific Heights
  • Western Addition

Sun Belt

  • Bernal Heights
  • Hunters Point/Bayview
  • Mission
  • Russian/Telegraph Hill
  • South of Market

You can use each of the neighborhood climate zone classifications to determine how sunny or foggy of an environment in which you’ll be gardening.

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6. How much does it cost?
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