CROP OF LEMONS GROWING OUTSIDE IN CORNWALL THIS SUMMER
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org