the climate-change resilient gardener

The Climate Change Resilient Gardener is a beautifully illustrated guide to grow your own organic food, even in the face of changing weather like rising temperatures, floods and storms. Whether it’s water-use restrictions, extended heatweaves, disastrous flooding or ‘super weeds’, we have to learn to adapt.

Learn how to make your garden safe for pets. Use no-dig methods (to protect earthworms) and ensure ponds have sloping sides for wildlife. Netting (especially with large holes) can trap wildlife and birds. Just share a little food with wildlife or use fruit protection bags (after pollination) or wildlife-friendly fruit protection nets.  

The author outlines a clear path towards building resilience in your vegetable plants, soils and yourself. With tips to reduce resources, stabilise your garden’s ecosystem and use regenerative solutions to challenging issues, you’ll learn how to:

  • Grow seasonal veggies for local conditions
  • Create bioswales & rain gardens
  • Use windbreaks, cold frames & mini-hoop tunnels
  • Protect crops from wind, snow & frost
  • Encourage biodiversity in the garden
  • Use intensive planting to improve yields
  • Protect soil & reduce water usage
  • Select adaptable fruits and vegetable crops
  • Recycle rainwater & repurpose household items

Kim Stoddart believes that growing at least some of your own food is one of the most empowering experiences out there for wellbeing, positive climate action and food security. An award-winning environmental journalist, her approach to gardening is low-cost, fun and nature-friendly. She has been growing organic food for over 35 years and recently moved from Brighton to Wales, where she has had to adapt all her gardening methods due to the  rain and wind!

a book on climate-friendly landscaping

Climate-Wise Landscaping is another good book, this time by landscape architects to teach you how to further in landscaping gardens adapted for climate change. Based on decades of experience, you can create mindful landscaping choices that also create cleaner air and water, with no need for expensive tools or purchases. And these solutions naturally support habitats of birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. You’ll also learn how to naturally cool or warm indoors and outdoors, through what you plant (or remove).

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