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Adapt your garden to climate change

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:11pm

Crop of lemons gowing in Cornwall


Climate Change is offering gardeners the chance to experiment with new plant varieties and a much wider range of vegetable crops  - longer summers and shorter winters with less frost mean that the growing season in the UK is now one  month longer than it was 100 years ago.

According to the UK Climate Impacts Programme, the growing season might lengthen by a further two months by 2050 . In some southern areas , the growing season could  run continuously all through the year.With ten of the warmest years recorded in the past sixteen and rainfall often falling in monsoon type showers, we need to think about what we can grow in our gardens, allotments, pots or even on our window-sills.

I hope this site will inspire you to explore new ideas and, most importantly, to think about how you water your plants. Here are a few simple actions that you might like to consider:

C hoose drought tolerant plants such as geranium, lavender, thymes, sages, sedums, budlia, cystus, rosemary, salvia, agapanthas, ornamental grasses to name a few. Visit my plant pages  for more ideas

L etting your plants have a good soak every couple of days will be of more benefit than little and often watering as this does not encourage the plants to form strong roots to go down and search for water.

I nstall a water butt and water diverter to collect rain water from your roof, and remember to fit water butts to any sheds or greenhouses as well.Visit

M ix water retaining gel into compost for free-standing pots and avoid containers that need regular watering such as hanging baskets.

A pply a mulch to moist ground to conserve water during autumn and spring to a depth of 3 to 4 inches ( chipped bark, mushroom compost or home made compost are good).

T ry puddling new plants which means filling the hole with water several times before planting to lock in moisture.

E nsure plants are protected from wind which contributes greatly to drying out.

C over the tops of containers with pebbles to conserve moisture

H ide plants and pots that are not drought tolerant from mid-day sun

A void mowing lawns too often and too short as they survive better in drought
if the blades shade each other

N ever water or plant in full sun.

G rey water is re-usable on your garden from your kitchen sink, washing
machine and bath providing that it does not contain much soap or detergent.

Experiment with Global Gardening to make the most of climate change in your garden


SEND PHOTOS of any plants or veg you have grown this sumer as a result of climate change in your garden for possible inclusion on this site .Plus any gardening tips  you have for dealing with our changing climate . Please e-mail to

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