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.