Climate change in your garden

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Gardening in times of unstable climates, like now, is a venture into the unknown, but casting around the internet for advice, I came across this website:  http://www.myclimatechangegarden.com/blog/about. The author is Debbie Scott Anderson, and I think it is well worth a look. See ‘How your garden can help beat climate change’, posted on April 18th.

The Royal Horticultural Society also has a section devoted to climate change on its website, http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Gardening-in-a-changing-climate.

Reading University and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have a research project, described at  http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/crg/climate-change-and-gardening/. The site includes a link to a survey on gardening and climate change, in which members of the public are invited to participate.

This late spring in West Wales, coming as it does after a long, cold winter and a cool, wet summer, is a reminder that ‘global warming’ does not mean that all parts of the world will become uniformly warmer. It is more a story of instability, which makes planning a lot more complicated. It’s strange seeing leafless trees at the start of May, when it’s still light after 9pm, no blossom on the fruit trees yet, the strawberry plants looking cold, only the rhubarb copying Jack’s beanstalk and shooting skywards.

We need a lot more research, and so the Reading and RHS project is very welcome.

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6 responses »

  1. Thanks so much for your link to my blog which is now developing into a climate gardening information and social networking site in next few months. If this subject interests you then please do send me yr email address and I will add your details to the mailing list for the launch- climategardens.deborah@gmail.com
    Our climate is changing and gardeners can adapt as they always have done to unpredictable weather.Glad the sun has arrived at last – lets hope it stays for the summer.

  2. Thanks for your support in promoting our survey. We hope to find out what real gardeners think about climate change, if it’s happening, and how it might impact on their gardening behaviour. However, separating the current weather issues from long term climate trends can be difficult!

    • Thanks for your comment. We are a small group, an offshoot from Transition Town Llandeilo, with a remit to promote local food. Our main communication is via our Llandeilo Food Network Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llandeilo-Food-Network-Rhwydwaith-Bwyd-Llandeilo/391049540969840, which is building up nicely.
      Re. this year, we have no bluebells yet, the daffodils continue in bloom, the branches of most trees are still bare, especially the oaks. When it is light past 9pm, it is strange to see trees with their winter outlines. Haven’t heard the cuckoo, usually last week in April.

      • The RHS/University of Reading project that includes the survey is also analysing information collected over many years (decades in some cases) on change in flowering and leafing patterns – so called ‘phenological’ studies. We expect to relate these annual changes with local weather records to build a clear picture of the link between climate and phenology and to try to pick out any general patterns that can be seen. Here in Reading I still have the last few daffodils in flower ant the linden trees in the street are only just bursting in to leaf. I also run a facebook site https://www.facebook.com/PlantDiversity and will link through to advertise the good work you are doing.

      • Thank you, I have put a link to Plant Diversity on our Facebook page. Instability and the breakdown of seasonal patterns appear at present to be the most difficult aspect of climate change here in West Wales, making life even harder for farmers and the few commercial growers who have been able to make a living here.

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