Climate Change Gardening


Climate Change is already affecting our gardens and bringing new challenges to gardeners all over the UK.

Here are some simple things you can do to help your garden deal with the UK’s even more  unpredictable weather.


Choose drought tolerant plants such as geranium, lavender, thymes, sages, sedums, budlia, cystus, rosemary, salvia, agapanthas, ornamental grasses to name a few.


Letting 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.


Install a water butt and water diverter to collect rain water from your roof, and remember to fit water butts to any sheds or greenhouses as well


Mix water retaining gel into compost for free-standing pots and avoid containers that need regular watering such as hanging baskets


Apply a mulch to moist ground to conserve water during autumn and spring to a depth of 3 to 4 inches ( chipped bark, mushroom compost or home made compost are good)


Try puddling new plants which means filling the hole with water several times before planting to lock in moisture


Ensure plants are protected from wind which contributes greatly to drying out

Cover the tops of containers with pebbles to conserve moisture


Hide plants and pots that are not drought tolerant from mid-day sun


Avoid mowing lawns too often and too short as they survive better in drought
if the blades shade each other


Never water or plant in full sun.

Grey water is re-usable on your garden from your kitchen sink, washing
machine and bath providing that it does not contain much soap or detergent


Experiment  with these ideas to make the most of climate change in your garden

This post was written by:

- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

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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