The recent scorching summers - with their Mediterranean-like high temperatures and many weeks of drought - have been a wake-up call for UK gardeners. The long-predicted greater extremes of weather caused by climate change were well and truly upon us and our gardening practices need to catch up. This practical gardening book shows you how to adapt and cope with the volatile weather extremes that lie ahead, with 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 for the flower garden.
The scorching summer of last year, with its Mediterranean-like high temperatures and many weeks of drought, was a wake-up call for gardeners in the UK. The long-predicted greater extremes of weather caused by climate change were well and truly upon us and our gardens suffered.
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 then 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 greater robustness overall.
Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart's new 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 for the flower garden.
Sally Morgan says: "I have seen changes in my lifetime. My grandfather taught me never to plant out tender crops and bedding until Derby Day. Now we see gardeners planting out in mid-May and I grow a variety of crops I never thought possible – butterbeans, chickpeas and lentils. Our traditional gardening books are full of ideas dating back to the Victorians who lived through very different times. We need to learn from our gardens and adapt. This book will help gardeners do just that."
Fennel -This perennial herb is much loved by ladybirds and will help attract these most beneficial creatures onto your plot where they will do a valiant job keeping pests like aphids at bay. Many gardeners experienced issues with aphids this summer after a milder winter which enabled their numbers to build. Pest control is going to be a big issue in the future so attracting beneficial wildlife onto the veg patch (and working with nature) in this way is going to be crucial.
Chard - You wouldn't think that leafy veg such as chard would cope with the heat, but it does. It may wilt during the hottest day but recovers quickly.
French Beans - Growers found that peas and runner beans suffered in the 2018 drought. Fast-growing French beans are more drought tolerant.