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Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddard’s new gardening book The Climate Change Garden takes a fresh look at our gardens, allotments and growing spaces. It’s no longer gardening as usual. Already, we are already seeing changes to our climate – the earliest spring, the mildest winter, the wettest year, while new pests and diseases are reported each year. Our gardens can take years to mature so what should we be planting now if our gardens in 10, 20 and 30 years ahead have any chance of surviving climate change?
Kim and Sally look at the potential problems ahead and give down-to-earth advice on how you can work towards a climate change resilient garden. They guide you through:
- Improving your soil and implementing water-saving measures
- Designing a garden that can cope with extreme weather events, such as torrential rain, drought, storm-force winds and more
- Creating a resilient veg plot
- Planting a climate change orchard
- Redesigning your flower garden to be climate-change proof
James Campbell, Chief Executive of Garden Organic says:”Over recent years it has become evident that climate change is not a worry for future generations, or one that will affect far flung countries – we are witnessing weather extremes in our everyday lives, and they are nowhere more evident than in our gardens and allotments. Gardeners are finding themselves battling against drought, flooding, heatwaves, high winds and extreme cold on a regular basis. This positive and practical book not only gives growers valuable insight into how to deal with extremes when they occur, but also the simple steps that can be taken throughout the year to build a garden resilient to these challenges. And of course it explores how we can all garden in a sustainable way that will not further exacerbate climate change. This really is a must read for all environmentally-friendly gardeners wanting to achieve a fruitful and future-proof growing space to enjoy whatever the weather.”
Alison Lever who blogs as The Blackberry Garden wrote: “The issues are not skirted around and clear advice is given; however this is also not a scary, panic-inducing book. Sally and Kim explain the problem, they explain that we do have to take it seriously but then give us clear advice and ways forward. For me the important message is about making changes now so that we can continue to grow in our gardens in a sustainable way”. You can read Alison’s review here
Garden Answers listed the book in their Top 10 Reads for Gardeners saying:”Any gardener concerned about the impact of climate change will be interested to read this very informative paperback. Authors Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart take each of the major climate change challenges in turn – flooding, heat and drought, storm winds, late frosts and snow – and reveal ways to make your garden more resilient to them. They point out that the challenges bring opportunities too: the chance to grow more tender crops and exotics in the garden, and the use of gravel as a no-mow alternative to grass. The book explains the value of mulch and compost to beat prolonged dry and wet soil conditions, and design tricks to offset damage wrought by volatile weather. A fascinating read and not too gloomy.”
Product details: Published by Green Rocket Books. ISBN 978-1916015302, paperback, 210mmx210mm, 224 pages, full colour. UK Postage and packing included. Packages are posted via Royal Mail second class which takes 3-4 days. If you live outside of the UK shipping costs will be extra (please contact the office)
The book will be signed by one of the authors and you get a pack of organic seeds (either Phacelia or sunflower) with your order.