Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Slope direction can change the taste of your tea

Slope direction: climate and soil contents vary greatly for slopes facing different directions.

Phoenix Mountain has wide range of topography, surrounded by high mountain tops in all 4 directions, crisscrossing mountain ranges with steep and pointy mountain peaks. These mountain ranges run from Northeast toward Southwest. It’s also slanted from Northeast toward Southwest. Phoenix Mountain is the center of the range, creating multiple valleys. There are over 10 mountain peaks are over 1000 meters above sea level. Wu Dong Mountain runs Northwest toward Southeast. Northwest side is connected with Southwest hillside, Southeast side is connected with Northeast hillside. Slope facing Northeast direction is better than slope facing Southwest direction. Cold air from the north will impact slopes facing Northwest slopes, Northwest hill top protects Southeast facing slope, also traps ocean humidity blown from Southeast in the valleys, heavy marine layers provides humidity and protects tea trees from direct sunlight, greatly benefits the growth of tea trees. Southwest facing slopes is subject to strong direct sunlight, humidity is low causing dry soil condition, less ideal for tea tree growth.

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