creating a micro climate

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6:07 AM - Jan 07, 2004 #1

Hello all
Can you tell me what is the best way to create a micro-climate? The site is large with pine trees along the west side and pine trees along the northside and some protection on the east. Sounds quite protected but the weather get a bit blowy here at times. My other half Martin suggested building a wall along the north side with walls coming up from each end but at an angle to catch as much sun. My concern with this is that the frost may collect in there and that the wind and hard barriers don't mix. I am trying to create an environment within an environment to grow more exotics outside.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Sue
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8:16 AM - Jan 07, 2004 #2

If you have bad winds then you need to filter the wind rather than have a solid barrier Sue. If you like the idea of walls, then set trellis on the walls with a reasonable gap between the two so that the wind has to filter to hit the wall and again when it bounces back, then get some tough as old boots climbers to help even more. Make sure it is strong trellis though because, in the early days at least, it's going to take a bit of a pounding.
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8:45 PM - Jan 07, 2004 #3

I have to agree with Pip, a wall is the worst thing for creating a windbreak. You would be far better of using shrubs or bamboo, which will break up the wind.
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9:27 PM - Jan 07, 2004 #4

Thank you for your inspiring ideas.
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11:40 AM - Jan 08, 2004 #5

Then their are Rennies if you are having trouble with wind
Sorry Pip on reading your posting I couldn't resist it
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11:42 AM - Jan 08, 2004 #6

Do you hang them up on strings or bury them in the ground Scotia?
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12:04 PM - Jan 08, 2004 #7

I would guess hang them up, too much calcium in them for my lime hating plants.
Plus they could act as a wind vane, I would see them flying about on a windy day so would know what action to take elsewhere in the garden.
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12:51 PM - Jan 08, 2004 #8

Thanks for the advice Scotia - will rush off to shops right now
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