What Are Microclimates?

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Microclimates are critically important to how your garden is going to produce. Take a look at any forest, and you’ll notice that different species of trees are growing in different places. Some of this is random, of course, but a lot of it comes down to microclimates.  What Are Microclimates? Microclimate might sound like an intimidating word, but really it’s just a way to describe the environmental differences that occur in a given area. Have you ever noticed that gardens under trees stay snowier in the spring? Or spots against a wall stay warm longer in the fall? Those are microclimates. They go a long way toward determining how well a plant will grow, and you probably have several in your own garden.  The Basics of Growing in Microclimates Many microclimates occur naturally, and you’ve probably already been keeping them in mind without realizing it. Here are three very common […]

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