SUMMER GARDENER

JULY    GARDENER 2020

CLIMATE CHANGE OBSERVATIONS IN THE SUMMER GARDEN AND SOME GOOD WAYS -SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR GROWING  WITH  LOCKDOWN  FRUSTRATIONS DURING THE COVID CRISIS

FLOWERING CACTUS -HOT DRY CONDITIONS SUCCULENT CACTACEAE FAMILY –
ALOE VERA -MEDICINAL SKIN SOOTHING EVERGREEN PERENNIAL SUCCULENT ASPHODELACEA FAMILY

CLIMATE CHANGE

JULY  can be a very warm month ,even very hot in northern Europe ,far too hot for TEMPERATE gardens at 27-35   we then have severe heat causing  problems for all ‘temperate climate plants ‘big or small .Ideally we required compensating rainfall and cooler nights which does  not happen till much later in Autumn but by then the invisible damage can have  been done if there has been insufficient rainfall  requiring considerable extra manual watering .I do make sure my  30 meter hose I had to purchase is put to regular evening and early  morning use especially after a long period without rain .On a recent tour of Oceania Aus and N Zealand having spoken to gardeners and head gardeners they can only grow plants  that store water or require much less than our uk region of the northern hemisphere .Our normal temperate range of plants I  realised couldn’t survive there .

UN CLIMATE ACTION

AEONIUM CRASSULACEA FAMILY
AEONIUM SUCCULENT CRASSULACEA FAMILY ( TENERIFE)

 Hotter countries have trees ,plants and edible plants that have adapted to hotter or colder weather patterns  but even then many struggle with further climatic change caused by average global temperature rises faster since much greater industrialisation after World War Two. These temperature rises  appear to be followed by calculations of rising parts per million carbon emissions over a similar period .This appears to be a strong warning sign that the UN Climate change body –conferences , is now coordinating most Countries rich and poor to take future carbon emissions very seriously from fossil fuels and from agricultural world food farming from animals particularly cattle and stored hydrocarbon emissions .Poorer countries have less flexibility .

 Buried hydrocarbons over millions of years are being released as permafrost in very cold countries start to warm and melt ,  northern Russia and Greenland being a prime example but could be captured at source with govt supported innovation .

Lets not beat ourselves up though ,as a trained qualified science person I am constantly aware that  increasing amounts of investment is being set towards tackling this mega problem .World wide Private and public enterprise has a vested interest in generating profits to reinvest hopefully in solutions to capture carbon emissions at source ,ceasing coal and oil use as a fuel Renewable energy is now hugely increasing which is  vital progress .Nuclear Power is a fall back power source internationally but is a hugely expensive undertaking with waste disposal still not satisfactory in being buried deep underground but  reprocessing improvements  can be a better solution .Science will find a solution of that I am convinced but how long will it take ! No one knows but we must all make our contribution how we feel is best not forgetting the horrendous world plastic waste problem that can be tackled if the will is announced by govts to motivate the populace .

COVID ‘GARDENING’

Weve all tried hard to get out of our houses to our own gardens if lucky to have some ,or a bit of space space or local parks when lockdown restrictions eased.There is hopefully a renaissance –rebirth of interest in every inch of growing indoor or outdoor space JUST WITH LOTS OF CONTAINERS and even just ‘sitting outside in fresh air space ‘ and being able to ‘listen to wildlife ‘ not just motorised traffic ,and also observe how fast plants do grow , some with wonderful fragrances  ,which so many of us never even noticed with before .!! Many residents ive observed on media have enjoyed filling the house with many more ‘indoor ‘ house plants ,creating in many cases a healthy happy cheerful environment with plants in some cases hanging from the ceiling ,or in tall containers growing upwards and outwards ! On visiing the Garden Centres that are now allowed open at long last ,I feel so so good after a walk round my local one ,we all need to get out where allowed .

SUMMER STANDARD ROSE

EXPERT HOME VEGETABLE GROWING IN S SOMERSET DOMESTIC GARDEN UK .

MR T DOWN

BROAD BEANS WITH PARSNIPS COURGETTES F GROUND
ONIONS WITH PEAS AND CARROTS
RUNNER BEANS WITH CURLY KALE

POTATOES WITH RUSSIAN KALE F GROUND
EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF FIRST CLASS HOME GROWING DURING COVID LOCK DOWN RESTRICTION SOUTH SOMERSET GROWER MR T DOWN UK MAY JUNE 2020
CHARD GARDEN CENTRE SOUTH SOMERSET UK OPENED ON DAY ONE AFTER LOCKDOWN ENDED

Check your garden plants progress over this summer whilst pruning, with faster growth after flowering ,observe any plants that have suddenly disappeared or died since last summer but are there any plants that are looking happier and thriving .?  Are some struggling unusually .See if you can think through reasons why ,position being the vital factor .Make a few notes if u get a chance .

Please feel  free to make contact me with science based garden questions on tony@scienceforthe gardener.com

Enjoy mid Summer in fresh air away from lockdown WHERE EVER YOU ARE .

Tony Arnold MCIHort

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