This is the USDA North Carolina planting zone map. You can look at this map to learn the North Carolina climate zones and which one you live in. In order to find your USDA planting zone, simply look at the map and locate where you live. Then, match the color of that location to the legend to the right.
Most of North Carolina is in hardiness zones 7 and 8 (I generally use 7b as a guide). Many of my favorite veggies grow quite happily in that climate; the main thing I have to worry about is soil composition. That's one of the reasons I would do raised beds.
Growing in Western North Carolina can be a lesson in patience and perseverance. Looking out the window, observing our lush natural world, it seems all that should be required would be good local, open-pollinated seed. However the topography of these mountains create hundreds of unique climate and soil conditions. These are called microclimates. Frustrated home …
*NEW REPORT* See our updated list for 2016 at http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-north-carolina-2016/ An affordable cost of living, vibrant economic areas, and moderate climate are a few of the reasons two of North Carolina’s largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are expected to grow faster than any other U.S. cities of similar size over the next 15 years.