Lismore Garden Club News

Climate zone is a term that most gardeners are familiar with. For example, our climate zone here is sub tropical. However, the allocation of climate zones in Australia is very generalised. All districts, cities and towns can have areas where the climate is different to the general pattern. This is brought about by varying factors aspect, elevation, or even proximity to a river or the ocean.

And so it is, on a much smaller scale, in our own gardens. These are called microclimates. Your gardens northerly aspect will be warmer and the southerly aspect will be cooler. Gardens located on a north aspect against a building will mostly be warmer, even in a frost prone area. This is where we can grow cold tender plants for example. You will find that potted plants usually thrive in a microclimate such as a northern or eastern verandah, or in an artificial microclimate that is created in a hot house, shade house or bush house.

Shade-loving plants will always do well under the cover of an over-hanging shrub or tree. You can create microclimates with the use of hedges and bricks, stone walls or fences.

When you think about it, youve probably noticed the superior performance of individual plants within your garden without actually attributing this to the microclimate in which they are growing.

Finally: After a hard days work in the garden, what a joy it is to reflect on ones achievements, take a shower and retire to ones bed to sleep like a babe.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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