I love zone 9. I've got peppers and tomatoes in the ground doing well, and a zucchini with leaves so strong you could practically set your coffee cup on them. Carrots are coming up, but the cucumbers I were germinating bit the dust. I'll wait a couple weeks and get some starter plants, though. I've also got green beans, a watermelon, and various lettuces ready to sow. Oh, and I just picked up some some crook-neck squash. We're going to eat well this summer if it kills me.