Creating and Utilizing Microclimates

Getting the most from your garden depends on a lot of things including the right climate conditions for each specific plant. On today’s podcast episode I discuss how to locate or create microclimates for your garden and how best to use those microclimates.

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Main Topic Of Discussion:

Creating and Utilizing Microclimates

What is a microclimate?

Simply put it is the climate of a very small or restricted area, especially when this differs from the climate of the surrounding area. Microclimates can allow the growing of plants in an area that normally would not grow in the hardiness zone or the season of the area.

Microclimates are created and vary do to soil, water, weather, sun and warmth. Variances in these areas can be caused by many reasons including garden direction, exposure to wind, slopes and berms, structures and overhangs, topography of the land, and soil drainage along with many other factors.

Locating microclimates on your property.

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a great Garden Site Microclimate Evaluation Form that can be downloaded or printed off to help locate microclimates on your homestead.

Creating microclimates.

To create a microclimate you simply need to mimic what causes microclimates naturally. This can be done by adding thing like trees, boulders, ponds, and berms. I discuss some of the ways I have done this on my homestead on the podcast.

Utilizing microclimates.

Identify what plants you want to grow and what those plants like then find or create the microclimate that best fits that plant. As an example of what gardening this way can do, creating microclimates has enabled me to grow leaf lettuce throughout the summer without it bolting too quickly. 

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Starfrit Salad Spinner, 5 quart capacity

Book- The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

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