Has it ever happened to you? You read a blog, find it interesting, but are not sure if the information reported there is applicable to your garden. Will the plants the blog recommends survive? Will your summer be warm enough to grow the vegetables outside?
It probably happened to most gardeners living in a cold climate.
This is why I decided to share with you a detailed description of the climate and location of our Amberway Garden.
After reading the next paragraphs you might find out that:
A) Your climate is better than ours
B) Your climate is worse than ours
If A holds true, then congratulations! You can happily follow all the tips and plant recommendations. Lucky you, by the way… I wish our garden were in a warmer place…
If B holds true, then you are super cool and we greatly respect you for gardening basically on an iceberg! Although not all the plants that we grow in our Amberway Garden will survive in yours, most of them will. We try choosing very hardy plants that thrive even in Siberia, so most likely they will in your garden as well. If in doubt, you can always contact me.
Location of the Amberway Garden
Our garden is in Trondheim, in the middle of Norway. It is located on a hill, 70 m above the sea level. Our city is situated next to the fjord, however our house is not on the coastline. The Golf Stream, flowing through the ocean, keeps the temperature relatively mild, which makes gardening in Norway possible.
The Amberway Garden is 1250 m2 situated on extremely sandy soil (pure sand, basically). It is also a relatively windy place, with wind gusts reaching the speed of 32 m/s.
Climate of the Amberway Garden
The snow in Trondheim usually melts in April, sometimes March, or May. The temperature is below 10°C through most of May. In “summer” the average temperatures are 13°C in June, 15°C in July and 14°C in August. Usually, the first frosts come in October. The average winter temperature is about -2°C, while the minimal temperature is about -20 °C, with the record being -26°C. There is usually only a few centimeters of snow laying on the ground for a couple of weeks, before melting away or becoming ice.
In summary, we have a quite mild snow-less winter with frequent changes in positive and negative temperatures. The average temperature in autumn and spring is below 10°C, while in summer it is slightly above 10°C.
This climatic conditions are definitely not ideal. Many plants can, for instance, survive cold winters, if they are covered by snow and the temperature is constantly below zero. This is not the case in our garden. Some other plants start their vegetative cycle only when the temperature is above 10°C, which occurs for only three months per year here in Trondheim.
Nevertheless, you might be surprised to discover how many different plants can grow and thrive in such an unpleasant climate! The only thing you need to do is try focusing on the advantages of such climate:
- There is no need to regularly water the plants as it is anyways wet
- The sun sets very late at night during the summers
- Many pests do not survive the cold winters
- Some plant diseases did not reach our Nordic regions
We love our challenging, beautiful, surprising Amberway Garden and I hope through this blog you will also appreciate it and learn how to get the most out of your garden!
If I have not answered to some of your questions in this article, please write me and I be happy to share more information.