Position of a garden

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  1. calinromania

    calinromania Young Pine

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    Here's what I hope someone can help me with.
    I am more and more thinking of a garden (both hobby and later on a small business) with HARDY succulents (sempervivums, sedums and the like) and alpines that go well with these.
    My question is... does it matter the position of the land (I mean facing south, north, etc) ?
    I found a nice piece of land on a little hill outside my parents' village.
    So it's on a little slope (which I think it's good... in spring it rains quite a bit and the fields sometimes get pond-ed :)
    In summer on the other hand, we don't get enough rains... and occasional watering is necessary.
    But for now, I only want to know if position of the garden matters at all.
     
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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    I'd think that a south facing position would be best considering the plants you want to grow. Our sedum and sempervivum grow best when facing south and getting lots of sun, but then I'm way further north than you are. :D
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I agree with Droopy about facing south. That's why I love where I live so much as my back garden is south facing.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I would have to say south too.
     



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    calinromania Young Pine

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    Thanks!
    Mystery solved!
    :)
     
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    calinromania Young Pine

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    Hmmm, yesterday I went with my dad to check it.
    There's a neighbor. Dad, friendly, started chatting.
    Said neighbor complained there's no water. he tried twice to find water (drilling), he went down to 25 m, and nothing.
    This kinda ... doesn't look good!
    How do I find WATER ???
     
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    carolyn Strong Ash

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    Cal, Succulents don't need a lot of water, but how far is this from a structure of any kind? can you do a rain barrel filled by rainwater runoff into gutters to fill the barrel? or run a water line from the closest water line available on your parents property and set a frost hydrant?
     
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    calinromania Young Pine

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    Problem is, for the past few summers, it's always been very DRY.
    Springs and winters are ok. Rains, snow.
    But from June till September-October it just doesn't rain enough.
    And as this lot is on a hill outside the village, it's impossible to run a pile, or something.
    There is a farm quite near, but one of the only neighbor around said there's no water.
    I would think succulents require little water, but even they need some.
    And as I know myself, I am pretty sure I won't restrict my "choices" just to succulents... :)
     

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