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singing in the garden
Sometimes a small body of water, like an in-ground
pond or pool, can also create microclimates since water
warms and cools slower than air.
One great way to locate your microclimates is to let
your pets find them for you. If you want to grow a plant
that needs one zone warmer to survive the frost, follow your cat. Any place that a cat curls in the sun is a
good candidate for a plant that prefers a climate slightly
warmer than yours.
On the other hand, if you want to grow plants that
prefer a cooler climate than your summers allow, then
check where your dog hangs out in the heat of the day.
Those spots are great places for plants that wilt easily.
You can also create microclimates. If you live in the
south, plant cool-loving plants on the east-facing side
of your house. Morning sun is far less punishing than
afternoon rays. In northern zones, put a large boulder in
your garden and plant heat-loving plants on the southwest side. The boulder will absorb heat during the day
and release it at night, allowing your plants to survive
when winter blows through.
The discovery of my own microclimates has resurrected a childhood pleasure. If you happen to visit on a
nippy November day, and I don't open the door to your
knock, just mosey on around to the back of the house.
You'll find me sprawled on the warm rocks of the patio
next to my rosemary plant and my dog, Luke. Feel free
to pull up a cat and join me for an afternoon nap.
Where do you
want to be?
Don't take the
same old journey.
Be somewhere genuine.
Be somewhere amazing.
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