08. Microclimates

The creation of microclimates beneficial to crops is of great importance in the microfarm’s design. Vegetables appreciate heat (which can, for example, be increased by the presence of a water body south of the garden, which will reflect indirect sunlight to crops). They like to be sheltered from the wind (for example by a forest garden established on the side of the prevailing winds). Partial shade in summer can be beneficial (agroforestry).

Rounded bed cultivation also promotes the creation of a beneficial, cool and moist micro-climate in the first 5 cm above and below the soil surface, creating ideal conditions for plant growth. Rounded growing beds warm up more quickly at the end of the winter and allow crops to start a few weeks earlier.

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