Open-pollinated plant cultivars, especially heirloom varieties, are often associated with particular places, where they have been cultivated for generations.
Becoming aware of some basic climate features associated with these regions can help you determine which seeds to check out from the seed library. If a microclimate within your growing space is similar to a regional climate where a plant is traditionally grown, then you probably have a good match!
As your seed garden grows, you may start to notice more climate niches here and there within your environment, such as moist areas shaded by large rocks, or calm spots protected from wind by a group of shrubs. You can take advantage of these niches and use them to grow a greater variety of plants.
The microclimate of your growing space may only resemble the climate associated with a particular plant at certain times of year. Bearing some basic climate knowledge in mind can help you choose the best planting times, take advantage of weather patterns, and grow a more fruitful garden each season.
Finally, this information can help you understand each plant’s maintenance needs as time goes on.