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1 - Assessing your plot
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Wind damaged plant
The prevailing wind
The direction from which the wind most often blows will influence your garden’s character, and what you can grow. As a general rule, northerlies and easterlies are cold, while westerlies are warmer but stronger.

On a hot day, a gentle zephyr may be pleasant, but wind can also be a menace.

Wind worries
  • Long term, winds ‘deform’ - think of sideways-growing trees in coastal areas!
  • Sudden gales snap branches and stems
  • An unexpected cold wind may ‘scorch’ tender new growth, leaving it crispy brown
  • Even gentle winds can scorch plants that naturally live in sheltered woodland, for example, Japanese maples.

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1. Know your plot

Assessing your plot
Analysing your soil
Drawing a survey
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Plants for different climates:

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