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The Climate Change Garden Book cover Spring 2022

The long predicted greater extremes of weather caused by climate change are well and truly upon us and our gardens are suffering. There’s no getting away from it;  our climate and weather patterns are changing and fast. Our gardening practices need to catch up.

It’s no longer gardening as usual. Learning how to protect our gardens against the extremes of torrential rain, storms, heatwaves and drought and the goodness knows what else will be key. We need to learn which plants will be better suited to deal with such extremities in the first place and which techniques, practices and equipment can be put to use in our gardens, or future designs, to help provide a greater robustness over all.

Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart’s Climate Change Garden book is a gardener’s guide to climate change. It’s a practical gardening book that shows you how to adapt and cope with the volatile weather extremes that lie ahead – storms, torrential rain, flooding and drought for example.  There’s an in-depth look at how to adapt in the vegetable garden, what types of fruit to grow,  how trees and wildlife can help in the battle against climate change and what changes may be necessary in the flower garden.

With the aim of building a more durable, robust, and productive garden beneath the shadow of climate change, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Adapt your plant selections, planting practices, and garden maintenance techniques for the new future
  • Select vegetable and fruit varieties that are more adaptable to weather extremes and more capable of resisting pests and diseases 
  • Find ways to manage excess storm water runoff and minimize the heat island effect
  • Foster wildlife and discover the importance of creating a safe haven for these creatures in a changing world
  • Use season extenders like cold frames, tunnels, and row covers to protect edible plants from weather events
  • Take measures to reduce your garden’s carbon footprint, including going no-dig, building a green roof, and composting
  • Limit the risks from wind, frost, and snow by taking advantage of microclimates, planting wind breaks, and physically protecting plants
  • Plant more of the right trees for your future climate to help cool your home, slow the movement of water, and hold soil in place

Sally Morgan says: “We are already seeing changes in our climate with warmer winters, earlier springs and more extreme weather events. It’s becoming increasingly unpredictable. Our gardens will  have to be able to cope with all of this as well as the growing threat from new pests and diseases, so we need to change the way we garden. But we must not forget that our gardens are part of the answer too.  They can help to mitigate extremes of temperature, reduce flooding and be a haven for wildlife. Our book will show you how,”

Kim Stoddart explains; “It’s as much about building resilience in the gardener, as much as it is the garden itself, by building confidence to get connected with these new (but actually old), pre-Victorian ways of growing. Working with the natural world, rather than trying to so meticulously control it is key, and this form of climate change savvy gardening is fun, productive and much lower-maintenance over.”

Yes, the uncertainty of the future we now face is intimidating. Yet, learning how to protect our precious outside space against extreme, rain, shine, wind, snow and the goodness knows what else ahead of us, will be key. As will knowing which plants are better placed to deal with such extremities in the first place, and which techniques, practices and equipment can be employed to an existing space, or future designs to help provide a greater nature-friendly robustness over all.

All of this and much more besides are covered in this book, alongside lots of practical take-home advice and inspirational ideas to help you on your merry more resilient gardening way.

Kim and Sally (aka the climate change savvy gardeners)