Microclimates and farming

One of the many great things about the snow we received on Saturday is that, as it melts, it reveals the areas around the farm that get the warmest in the afternoon sun versus areas that are more protected from the sun/colder.  Of course, the sun is going to be much higher in the sky in the summer, but in general the snow that is still on the ground correlates fairly well with areas where we want to plant the perennials that need cooler weather.  As you can see in the photo, our raspberry bushes are in one of the coldest parts of the farm, whereas off in the distance across the lake our lavender, rosemary, thyme, etc. is in a warmer area where the snow has melted more quickly.

I imagine a row of artichokes next year beside the raspberries, where they can hopefully survive the worst of our summer heat waves.



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