October 2023

Estimating a Balcony’s Microclimate: Four Illustrative Examples

This article contains a quick review of how to estimate your balcony’s microclimate and growing zone followed by four example scenarios to provide some clarity regarding how to navigate the ‘grey areas’ of assessing microclimate and growing zone. This is a companion article to How to Assess Your Balcony’s Growing Zone & Microclimate. I recommend … Read more

How to Assess Your Balcony’s Growing Zone & Microclimate

Introduction When starting a design one of my first questions is always “What is the microclimate like?” While national or regional growing zone maps provide a broad overview, the microclimate of a balcony can differ. Whether it’s affected by adjacent structures, elevation, or the materials from which it’s made, getting to know your balcony’s specific … Read more