Frosts and Fruit trees

Mon, May 3, 2010

Climate Change, Trees


There is a ground frost predicted in SE england tonight -with temperatures dipping as low as 1c. Just popped my head outside to see a clear and very stary night which looks beautiful.

Not good news for any tender plants, especially the blossom on fruit trees which is always at risk during April/May in the UK with our unpredictable weather. Whilst visiting a local nursery today I was impressed by the range of  fruit trees on sale including grapefuruit, orange, lime, and kiwi.

Take a look at these sites for more information about growing fruit  trees in the UK

If you live in Australia  and want to select fruit trees then check out a clever new online service  which provides local climate information for your area.

It stores the climate profile of the 40 most common fruit tree crops with over 700 cultivars of these crops covering all climate zones of Australia. These profiles have been converted into chill unit ranges for all fruit tree cultivars (cultivars for tropical climates will have very low or zero chill factors). The site stores local climate information and when you choose your nearest weather station for your orchard, the web site creates a chill unit profile for your garden and can be further tuned for your micro climates.

This is the invention of a passionate organic gardener. Peter Kearney runs the online gardening site at  City Food Growers where he hosts this brilliant system. He has plans to launch a  UK version which would be really useful given our varied climate, particularly frosts like tonight.

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- 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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