Refining microclimates in your backyard. Adapting space to root vegetables needs.

potatoes in the shade is a good experiment.

Potatoes require a cooler environment than most Colorado Gardens could provide. When the max temperature is 80 degrees, it’s hard to imagine any of it growing in a place without trees. But side yards could be the answer for tiny yards.

Mine are not in full shade, mind you. But close to my Treeline Edge. Here there is airflow between the Shaded area and full sun lawn. In one sac, I have almost all compost. In another I have Miracle-Gro. You can definitely tell the difference exclamation so I’m thinking I will add more organic matter. They need a lower pH, of 5 to 5.5 I wonder if that’s close to what blueberries need? hmm, better consider that as well.

In an arid and evermore populated area, how many microclimates can one create? Since I have an area that could be considered forest in the northern part of my backyard and a part sun area near the Western part of the yard, can I create a full range of climates on a small scale? I’m wondering about the where you could change your microclimates.

Running water and vegetation can create a cool sink. If I were to add running water to my more sheltered areas how much temperature difference could I see?

A good example of this is in Wayside Meadows. bank. Notice th temperature differences.

As you walk on the southwest sidewalk, you reach the stream after a series of trees. The thicker story and dip in elevation, lead to taller grasses, giving off a cool fresh transition. Coolest at the stream, you then walk along the bank. notice a temperature difference here? Even though you are close to the same water it’s hotter and the hillside on the north bakes. But not so much on the path.

I’m wondering can you create that on a small scale? Just another reason to get my pond setup.

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An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.