How to create a micro-climate in your garden

Growing bananas in the UK certainly takes on new heights when you see what a micro climate can produce.

These 20 year old gigantic banana plants  remain outside in The Exotic Garden in Norwich during UK winters although, when the temperatures really drop, they are protected with fleece and straw. _DSC0035_3

What exactly is a micro climate?

A micro climate means that your garden is designed and planted in a way that protects it from cold winter frosts and wind allowing it to maintain a better climate and warmer temperatures – especially during winter.While you can’t

temperatures – especially during winter.While you can’t control your countries regional climate, within that region, exposure to sunshine, wind or rain, makes weather considerably different from one garden to another. Open hillsides facing south get more sunshine than gardens hemmed in by buildings, hilltops are windier than valleys, and gardens along the banks of rivers or lakes suffer more fog than those only a short distance away.  

How do I create a micro-climate in my garden?

Creating a micro-climate involves building wind and frost breaks that maintain a regular temperature within the garden and in particular stop cooler frosty air settling in pockets that will damage many tender plants. These links  explain what is involved: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=689

http://www.my-garden-school.com/what-is-a-microclimate/    

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