J Youngman wrote:With perennials I look for varieties that are hardy to a few zones lower than mine.
For annuals I plant early (2-3 weeks before the last frost date) to select for cold/frost tolerance.
I plant outside of recommended planting times. I don't baby anything I grow, I torture it and whatever survives is what I continue to grow.
J Youngman wrote:Cris, What is the thick stemmed plant in the center of your second photo?
Cris Fellows wrote: Clary sage is new for us. I had no idea it grew that large. I know people use the essential oil medicinally...we don't have or want a still. Haven't really done deep dive yet into other uses.
Sarah Elizabeth wrote:
I was really struck by what Nicole said about her neighbours losing chickens and other animals in the heat. There is also the possibility of keeping animals in the forest garden:
Incorporating Animals in a Forest Garden
Mary Cook wrote:Mulch heavily to retain moisture and cool soil as well as to suppress weeds (if you live in a chronically wet area this may bring slugs--not a problem for me).
Nicole Alderman wrote: The forest microclimate was quite a bit cooler than in the sun, where it was just too hot to be for more than a minute. (I was literally drenched in sweat after a minute out in that heat, and it took me half an hour in front of the AC unit drinking water to cool down)
A lot of local people put their animals in their hot (though shady) sheds, or might not have any real shade. A forest microclimate is so important to keeping things more mild!