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Adapting your Garden to the Impacts of Climate Change

Warmer winters, hotter summers, flooding and drought affect plant growth and impact the many organisms that interact with plants (pest insects, pollinators, diseases, microbes). The climate-related changes that have already occurred require that steps be taken to devise and adopt growing practices suited to a “new normal” set of environmental conditions. We are the first generation that has not been able to look to the past for guidance on when to plant, what to plant and what pests and diseases to expect.  

Compost graphicHow can gardeners help?  

Home gardeners can be an important part of the solutiom to climate change by using climate-friendly practices in gardens and landscapes. Sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques can slow future warming by reducing carbon emissions and increasing carbon storage in the soil. These climate-friendly techniques will beautify your landscape and help you produce an abundance of healthy produce in your garden. In addition, they build the soil by adding all-important organic matter and also reduce runoff and erosion.

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