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Micro-Climates How To Use Them

Many gardeners live in areas where almost anything can grow easily. Just plant the seeds and water it for a few weeks, and you have got a beautiful plant. But if you live somewhere like Kentucky, or Southern Ohio. You can surely understand what its like to have a slim selection of plants that grow well here. It can be quite a challenge to grow a large variety of plants. Especially when the area you live in seems to be working against you. Some people try to solve this problem by feeding their plants every type of chemical fertilizer known to man. To that I say go back to the basics. Also, if I’m growing fruits or vegetables. I don’t feel very comfortable eating something that is composed of chemicals.

Create Your Own Micro-Climates

Creating a micro-climate will do this naturally. And is much healthier for the plants. Micro-climates protect plants from weather extremes. Giving the plant a better chance to survive. And thrive. I grow many different bamboo plants in micro-climates because of their hardiness or lack there of. Micro-climates will also reduce the need for watering. Because without the sun beating down on them the plants will not dry out near as fast. A theory that I have relied on in the past to grow many types of plants is that of creating a micro-climate for each type of plant. This is when you regulate the sunlight, shade, moisture, and wind factors for each separate plant. It sounds like a challenge, and it is. But you can control these factors. In such a way that the plant feels just like it is in the ideal growing conditions. This can be achieved by the use of wind barriers, shading umbrellas, extra water, or different types or amounts of compost. Or you can simply surround the plant with other plants that shade it and protect it. If you’re ready to take on creating micro-climates, you’ll need to make a detailed plan in advanced. You should start by finding a large shade providing bush or tree that will grow fast and naturally in your area. Just look at some undeveloped plots of land and see what is there. Most likely it grew on its own without any planting or care. This is what you want to happen. Usually the growing of one plant can bring about the growing of another more desirable plant.

Shade Micro-Climates

One of the many benefits of micro-climates is that you can grow less hardy plants inside the micro-climates. There are many different ways to create micro-climates. If you have a fence in your backyard then you have a good amount of shade to work with. You can start the micro-climate using just the shade of the fence, combined with a screening plant like


Bamboo Micro-Climates

Bamboo or large bush to shade your new plant for the other half of the day that the fence doesn’t take care of. The fence is also useful for shading against wind for very fragile plants. Once you have the shade, be it natural or unnatural, you have created a slightly less harsh miniature environment. You must remember this is a gradual process, and find a new plant to put in the shade of the other one. Now your choices are a little more open. You don’t have to go with a rugged plant like the one you did before; you can now choose a plant that survives in cooler weather.

Micro-Climates Around Ponds Or Streams

If the plant you are trying to grow next requires more moisture in the air than your area provides. Installing a fountain or small pond can fix this problem due to the evaporation. Water gardens put water vapors in the air when running fountains or water falls. They actually change the climate around them. It’s just like the watering process, only indirect. As an added benefit, usually fountains are quite aesthetically attractive and a great addition to your garden.

Choose Cold Hardy Plants To Create Micro-Climates

I’d like to tell you every step and every stage of the process, but everyone’s goals and setups are slightly different. So to reach your goal, you should do research on every plant that you would like to have in your garden. Find out everything you can about the zone that it flourishes in, and ask yourself how you can emulate that zone within your own backyard. Almost always you can take control of the environment and recreate whatever you wish. Usually all it takes is some planning and strategy. I always try to push my limits when it comes to growing plants. Because I grow to sell. So I need to know what I can get to grow here and how to do it. So I experiment with bamboo and water plants that are normally not as hardy. Just to see what I can get away with. And I sell them all right here at my Amazon Store  www.amazon.com/shops/A13JAQNPXDNX

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By Jeff Gabelman

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