• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • James Freyr
master gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
gardeners:
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Leigh Tate

help me understand pond microclimates

 
pollinator
Posts: 1708
Location: Denver, CO
80
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello,

I am trying to think through a pond microclimate.

It reflects light, so an area to the north would be warmer and brighter.

It is a heat sink/ thermal mass. So beds around it, and especially connected to it (wicking beds, chinampas) would be cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.

Is that correct?

I am thinking about my gravel storage pond idea. https://permies.com/t/39653/ponds/gravel-filled-pond-bad-idea

If I embedded small wicking beds, build into bathtubs or bins, into this gravel, what would the climate effects be? Would it be a good place for a cold frame? Or would the cold frame freeze worse at night and over heat during the day.
 
gardener
Posts: 900
Location: North Georgia / Appalachian mountains , Zone 7B/8A
49
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
"It reflects light, so an area to the north would be warmer and brighter.

It is a heat sink/ thermal mass. So beds around it, and especially connected to it (wicking beds, chinampas) would be cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.

Is that correct?"


This all seems to be true at my place. Here is one of the ponds in front of my house below. In the Winter the sun is at a perfect angle to be reflected directly into the house and the glassed in porch.
There are all kinds of marginal plants around the pond that are helped by the microclimate. (banana plants, palms, gardenias,etc. )
In the summer it is noticeably cooler right around the ponds, which are mostly shaded in mid day.

 
I miss the old days when I would think up a sinister scheme for world domination and you would show a little emotional support. So just look at this tiny ad:
100th Issue of Permaculture Magazine - now FREE for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/45/pmag
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic