Growth in Microclimates

There are a lot of gardeners that live in desert areas. If you plant the seeds and water them, you’ll get a beautiful plant in a few weeks. There is no doubt about that, even in places like Colorado, where plant diversity is severely restricted. In adverse environments, it might be difficult to grow a wide variety of plants.

Dousing their plants in every pesticide and fertilizer under the sun is one way some individuals get around this problem. However, I find it strange that I have to rely on artificial means to keep my plants alive. When I grow fruits or vegetables, I don’t use anything made entirely of chemicals.

As a gardener, I’ve adopted the practice of creating a “microclimate” for each plant I care for. At this point, the amount of light, moisture, and wind are all being regulated. It’s far more difficult than it appears. When these elements can be controlled, the plant will feel at its best. Diverse compost types and amounts, including wind barriers and umbrellas, can help.

You’ll need a strategy if you wish to establish a microclimate. Find a huge, naturally occurring tree or bush that provides shade. Find out what you can find in an area that hasn’t been developed. Organically, this sprouted without the intervention of a farmer or a gardener. Just what you wanted, right? Attractive plants are often sparked by the presence of less desirable species.

For the most part, a backyard fence provides ample shade from the glare. Starting a microclimate is as simple as adding a large bush or a screen to your existing fence to provide shade for your new plant throughout the day. Wind-sensitive plants are also protected by the barrier, which is made of reinforced concrete.

Your micro-habitat has been softened by the addition of some natural or artificial shade. If you don’t want to wait, consider another plant. Is there anything else I can do? A hardy plant is no longer necessary, but you may want to consider one.

If the plant you’re growing demands more moisture than your surroundings provide, a fountain or small pond may aid with evaporation. Despite their seeming inutility, ponds and fountains can be valuable additions to your yard. This approach is more indirect than irrigation. All gardens benefit from the presence of fountains.

I can’t go into depth about each stage of the process because everyone’s goals and configurations are different. For this, you must thoroughly research each plant you plan to use in your garden. Look around your own backyard and see if you can’t come up with something comparable. In most cases, you have the ability to alter your surroundings to suit your preferences. In most cases, a little forethought and strategy are all that is needed.

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