In this global gardeners guide to creating a resilient, climate-wise garden, learn how to adapt your garden to cope with volatile weather extremes and other effects of a rapidly changing climate.
It's no longer gardening as usual. Heat waves, droughts, flooding, violent storms, and the long-predicted extremes of weather caused by climate change are now on our doorstep, and gardeners around the world are feeling the effects. Certain pests stay active until much later in the season, many plants bloom earlier, soils are eroding and degrading rapidly, unpredictable rainfall is water-logging our gardens, and fiercer storms are uprooting trees and snapping branches. Not to mention the effects of prolonged drought in many parts of the world and the water rationing that comes with it. What's a gardener to do?
We must learn how to protect the garden against climate extremes, exotic pests, invasive weeds, and more. The Climate Change Garden is the first book to reveal which types of gardens are better suited to deal with such extremes and which techniques, practices, and equipment can be used in our gardens to help temper the issues. There's no getting away from it; no matter where on the planet you live, the climate and weather patterns are changing fast, and our gardening practices need to catch up.
To build 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 stormwater 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, high tunnels, and row covers to protect edible plants from weather events
- Take measures to reduce your garden's carbon footprint, including going no-till, building a green roof, and composting
- Limit the risks from wind, frost, and snow by taking advantage of microclimates, planting windbreaks, 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
The Climate Change Garden is about working with the natural world to create a productive, low-maintenance, climate-savvy garden capable of standing strong against the effects of a changing climate.