Sally Morgan and Guardian journalist, Kim Stoddart's new gardening book, The Climate Change Garden takes a fresh look at our gardens, allotments and growing spaces. It’s no longer gardening as usual. Already, we are already seeing changes to our climate – the earliest spring, the mildest winter, the wettest year, while new pests and diseases are reported each summer.
Kim and Sally look at the potential problems ahead and give down-to-earth advice on how you can work towards a climate change resilient garden. A lot of which is about letting go and working more closely with the natural world. They guide you through:
Improving your soil and implementing water-saving measures
Designing a garden that can cope with extreme weather events, such as torrential rain, drought, storm-force winds and more
Creating a resilient veg plot
Planting a climate change orchard
Redesigning your flower garden to be climate-change proof
James Campbell, Chief Executive of Garden Organic says:”Over recent years it has become evident that we are witnessing weather extremes in our everyday lives, and they are nowhere more evident than in our gardens and allotments. Gardeners are finding themselves battling against drought, flooding, heatwaves, high winds and extreme cold on a regular basis. This positive and practical book not only gives growers valuable insight into how to deal with extremes when they occur, but also the simple steps that can be taken throughout the year to build a garden resilient to these challenges. And of course it explores how we can all garden in a sustainable way that will not further exacerbate climate change. This really is a must read for all environmentally-friendly gardeners wanting to achieve a fruitful and future-proof growing space to enjoy whatever the weather.”
Alison Lever who blogs as The Blackberry Garden wrote: “The issues are not skirted around and clear advice is given; however this is also not a scary, panic-inducing book. Sally and Kim explain the problem, they explain that we do have to take it seriously but then give us clear advice and ways forward. For me the important message is about making changes now so that we can continue to grow in our gardens in a sustainable way”.
Garden Answers listed the book in their Top 10 Reads for Gardeners saying:”Any gardener concerned about the impact of climate change will be interested to read this very informative paperback. Authors Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart take each of the major climate change challenges in turn – flooding, heat and drought, storm winds, late frosts and snow – and reveal ways to make your garden more resilient to them. They point out that the challenges bring opportunities too: the chance to grow more tender crops and exotics in the garden, and the use of gravel as a no-mow alternative to grass. The book explains the value of mulch and compost to beat prolonged dry and wet soil conditions, and design tricks to offset damage wrought by volatile weather. A fascinating read and not too gloomy.”
As featured in Grow Your Own magazine, Kitchen Garden magazine, Permaculture Magazine, Vegetarian Living Magazine and many more besides....
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Product details: Published by Green Rocket Books. ISBN 978-1916015302, paperback, 210mmx210mm, 224 pages, full colour.
The book will be signed by one of the authors and you get a pack of organic seeds (either Phacelia or sunflower) with your order.
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An amazing course fully packed of knowledge and that has helped us to break with the most common stigmas of planting and gardening by using common sense and observation.
Learnt a lot about "no dig" and "mixed planting". Techniques we're definitely using from now on!
We fully recommend it!
Came on the Grow Your Own course in June and really enjoyed it. Have been growing veg for many years but was interested in Kim's ideas about growing different plants together. It made me think about how I do things and will certainly experiment more. The course was really well organised and Kim made sure that she covered lots of things to suit all in the group. Highly recommended.
What a great day, learnt so much and came away with a goody box of veg plants to grow on myself. Inspired to use what I have learnt now in our newly sited Polytunnel.
Thanks again for a fabulous day & you even arranged the weather!
Response from Green Rocket Courses:Thank you Denise.That's great to hear. It was a real pleasure to meet you. Kim
Really enjoyed this course. Kim was great and full of knowledge and inspiration. The course ran at our pace so nothing was rushed and every question we had was answered in depth. The practical side was fun which made this even better. Kim offered loads of advice regarding setting up green houses and poly tunnels which was very useful.
Thanks again Kim.
Excited to squeeze onto one of Kim’s last courses before lockdown, and so glad I did! Great to get Kim’s fresh ideas on year-round productive cropping in polytunnels. My favourites; chard & purple sprouting broccoli still cropping after 4 years! So much to learn whether you’re just starting out or have been growing for a while. A great course for curious minds. If you get a chance, go for it! Thank you Kim!
Kim makes her sessions so interesting and informative. She helped to install a sense of confidence in me as I've been slightly daunted by my garden. Lots of great tips & solid advice. Can't recommend her courses enough!!
Kim is definitely one of the new breed of gardeners so needed at the moment. I came away feeling totally inspired and motivated by her knowledge and positive attitude. Having done a course with Kim before I found myself referring to her book and as a result found my confidence in the garden growing ( excuse the pun )
Nothing like having this expert advice online though.
This was my first online course. I found it engaging and insightful and will definitely be signing up to future courses with Kim. I definitely recommend giving it a go
I went to this course with my mum last year and we had an absolutely fantastic day. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Kim treated us to a lovely lunch and refreshments throughout the day and I came away from the course with practical skills and knowledge that I could use at home. Everything Kim showed us could be used in any size garden regardless of your knowledge/skill.
Excellent course and well organised. The course caters for all levels and I personally took away a few ideas especially about "no dig" gardening. Kim was very informative and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.