Grow Any Plant with Microclimates

By: Gen Wright


Most gardeners live in areas where they can grow anything without much effort. If they plant seeds and water is, chances are that a beautiful lush plant will sprout in a few weeks. However, if you live somewhere like Colorado, you will know what it feels like to have a very small variety of plants that could grow naturally. In fact, it is quite the challenge to try to grow a wide number of plants, most of all when the world in which you live seems to be working against your plans of doing so.

A lot of people opt to solve this problem by feeding their plants with the widest variety of fertilizer and chemicals possible. And although this works most of the time, it still seems unnatural to have to rely on materials made by man to keep plants alive. Also, some may find it unnatural and uncomfortable to eat vegetables and fruits that are mostly made of pure chemicals.

One very reliable gardening theory that is capable of growing a variety of plants is by creating a microclimate for each individual plant. This means you will have to regulate several factors for each plant, such as shade, moisture, sunlight and wind by using shading umbrellas, extra water, wind barriers, and amounts of compost. This is quite a challenging task, however, but it is great to know that each plant will be growing in its own individual, ideal conditions.

If you are up for the challenge of producing microclimates, you will need to plan out every single detail way in advance. Try finding a large bush or tree that will grow naturally fast to use for shade. These can be found in a lot of undeveloped plots of land and was usually left there without any care of planting, which is ideal for your situation. Usually, one plant that grows can bring about another growing plant that is more desirable.

If your backyard has a fence, then you already have quite a good amount of shade to work with, which you can use to start the microclimate process. You could combine this with a large bush or a screen for the latter half of the day, if the fence does not already take care of that. Fences are also very useful as a wind barrier for more fragile plants.

Once the shade has been taken care of, whether natural or unnatural, your little environment has already started to become less harsh. Take note that this process happens gradually and you should always find a new plant to place in the shade of others ones, so your choices are more open. Just because you went for a rugged plant initially doesn't mean you have to keep using rugged plants. For example, you can opt for one that survives through colder temperatures for a change.

If the next plant you are planning on growing needs more moisture than is available in your general area, try installing a small pond or fountain; this will take care of the problem with its evaporation. Some may think that installing a pond or fountain is a mere waste, but it will seriously make things better for your garden through its indirect watering process. Additionally, fountains are very attractive and could be beneficial in beautifying your garden.

There are a lot of stages to this process, but everyone has different goals and garden setups, so explaining each and every one won't make much sense. You should simply remember that, to reach your goal, careful research must be done on each plant that you wish to grow in your garden. Find out all that you can about the area in which it usually flourishes and try to imagine how you can create a similar area in your own garden. Most of the times, you will able to take control of your own environment and recreate it as you wish. All it takes is planning and strategy.

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Owner of MishoBonsai, he has been practicing bonsai for over 10 years. Found a distinct interest in tree seed propagation, especially for bonsai growing. Mishobonsai sells tree seeds and provide bonsai tree informations for beginner to advanced bonsai enthusisast. The website also includes various bonsai species growing guidelines and multiple general bonsai tree and horticulure related articles.

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