Africa ‘tackles’ climate change

African fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup kicking off  in South Africa today. This reminds me of one of the most popular stories I have ever written on this blog .It is about a fascinating way of growing vegetables in Africa using a system called  Key hole Gardens which is supported by a  UK charity called Send a Cow.

With so many football matches to watch and the weather a real challenge at the moment, I know that I am going to struggle to find time for my allotment over the next few weeks. Football and gardening just do not mix at the best of times.Especially when the weather turns wet in the UK  and watching TV indoors seems more appealing than gardening in the rain.

Perhaps instead of buying veg seeds this summer, I should have considered putting the cost towards supporting African communities that are already devastated by the effects of climate change on their land. Some 23 million East African farmers and their families are dangerously short of food and water following years of failed rains and worsening drought.

Oxfam provides African farmers affected by climate change with special drought seeds that  helps them grow crops despite terrible drought. Just £2 could provide seeds for 4 families to grow enough food to live on.  £2 in the UK would buy two packets of flower seeds that might make our gardens look pretty but could save many lives in climate change challenged Africa.


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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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