We’re excited about going to RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival next week and not just because of the sunny weather. This year we’ve sponsored a brilliant new book; ‘The Climate Change Garden’ by Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart, Green Rocket Books, 2019. Many of us, including myself, have been thinking about climate change happening in the future. However, its effects are being felt here now and although we must continue to limit its effects, this book gets us, as gardeners, to think about how to adapt to climate change from now on.

Don’t worry, the book isn’t all doom and gloom, it contains lots of practical advice and inspiration about what future growing will look like. From dealing with winter flooding to summer droughts, it includes creative ideas and great pictures to get you thinking.

One tip that kept coming through is the importance of mulching, to prevent water loss, reduce weeds and maintain healthy soil structure. The suggestions for mulches are many and varied; from old wool carpet to straw through to the luxury of ‘Lakeland Gold’ our own Dalefoot Composts’ brand made from nutrient-rich bracken that will do all the jobs listed above and will also feed your plants for two years! Mulch on…indeed.

If you’d like to meet one of the authors, we have a great opportunity for you…Sally Morgan, Editor of Organic Farming Magazine will be visiting our stand at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. She will be on the stand to answer questions and meet people Tuesday 2nd July between 2-4pm (Stand HC/140) and will happily sign copies of the book for readers. Don’t miss out on meeting Sally and having the chance to listen to this writer working at the very forefront of Climate Change Gardening.

For more information and to buy copies see their website here


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