Tip of the Week: Finding a Microclimate

Do you want to grow a certain plant in your garden, but it’s not quite hardy in your Zone? Aside from overwintering it indoors, you can try growing it in a microclimate in your yard.

Here’s how to identify warm microclimates in your landscape:
    These “heat islands” can be on the south-facing side of your home,
      at the foot of a stone wall or in nooks among large rocks.
    Look for areas that are well-drained (especially in winter).
    When you’ve found a promising location, mount a thermometer on a stake,
      one to two feet tall. Record the temperature right before sunrise, which is
      the coldest time of day.
•    Repeat in other areas of your yard. This way you’ll find the warmest
      locations for planting.

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