Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Adverse Growing Conditions

Looking back on 2010 we did nothing but battle adverse growing conditions.  The problem is battling these types of conditions can be rather difficult.  A dry growing condition can be compensated by extra watering, irrigation and shading but a too wet of a growing condition if difficult to battle.  Raised beds help somewhat but traditional row gardening is at the mercy of the extra moisture.  There really isn't much adjustment available for temperatures. 

Raised beds get a bit warmer quicker and stay warmer longer extending the growing season somewhat.  Shading can help protect against high heat while covering the garden beds or using mini greenhouse protection can help protect against frost.  For the most part though, in normal home gardening growing conditions adjusting for temperature is still rather hit and miss. 

When adverse growing conditions hit, the best you can do is hold on tight, do what damage control you can and hope for the best.  That's one of the things that makes home gardening so much fun!

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome


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