The Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden
How to Grow Food in a Changing Climate
by Kim Stoddart
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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 28 Dec 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press, Cool Springs Press
Whether it’s water-usage restrictions, extended heat waves, disastrous flooding, “super weeds,” or prolonged pest lifecycles, the coming years will be filled with daunting challenges for food growers around the world. What’s a gardener to do? Author Kim Stoddart outlines a clear path toward building resilience in your vegetable plants, your soil, and yourself. With actionable tasks that reduce resource use, stabilize the garden’s ecosystem, and offer regenerative solutions to the most challenging issues faced by gardeners, Kim comes to the rescue with advice to help you weather these storms with ease.
- Foster adaptation by selectively breeding your favorite veggie varieties for local growing conditions
- Nurture biologically active soils that are better able to support your plants
- Create bioswales, berms, and rain gardens to improve your garden’s flood tolerance
- Plant windbreaks, erect cold frames, and make mini hoop tunnels to protect plants from wind, snow, and surprise frosts
- Enhance biodiversity in your garden to increase pest predation and keep “bad” insects in check
- Discover intensive planting techniques to improve yields while protecting your soil and reducing water usage
- Select the most adaptable fruit and vegetable crops to grow and tend them in a climate change–savvy way
- Recycle rainwater, repurpose household items, and live lightly on the land for a more resourceful gardening life
Even long-time vegetable gardeners will face unexpected challenges in the years to come. Take the time to build resilience in yourself and your garden by shifting your thinking today, and you’ll be prepared for the unpredictable future ahead.
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The Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden is a sobering and well written book about regenerative gardening within the constraints of a rapidly changing climate written by Kim Stoddart. Due out 6th Feb 2024 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.
The author's clear and long experience (and love of) gardening comes through very clearly. This is a well written, illustrated, concise guide to gardening including lots of tips for best practice to navigating our way through unprecedented and rapidly worsening climate challenges.
She talks about our interconnectedness and our dependence on other species in terms of stewardship and regeneration (where possible). It's nice that she also tackles over-dependence on power tools and chemical treatments. The book touches on seed saving, planning, and executing garden plans, species selection, and with a large focus on wise resource use. The specific aim of the book is food-production/vegetable growing, and they take up the bulk of the content.
Four and a half stars. This would be a great selection for public or school library acquisition, home use, smallholders, allotment/community garden groups, and similar.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was filled with good information about gardening while keeping in mind climate change and it's affects on your garden. I loved the tips the author included and even some surprise recipes! Overall, this was a fantastically informative book that I cannot wait to gift to other family members that garden.
From soil to gut (and mental) health, Stoddart is taking a wholesome approach to climate change gardening.
I´m an occasional, amateur gardener, but I´ve been thinking about investing a bit more time and interest in growing herbs and berries than I´ve been able to before.
A wild and natural garden has always been my leading principle and that´s why I was especially curious about this book. The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden is all about being as friendly as possible to the natural world while growing your food.
There´s a lot to recommend about this book - it´s full of clear, concise information, and it´s resourceful, smart, and inspiring (saving resources, repurposing and recycling were my favorite subjects). It´s exciting and motivating as well - made me want to go out and make a hugelkultur bed!
As if all of this was not more than enough, there´s a resources page full of other books to explore, which is consistent with a thought from the very beginning of the book - that working together with others is key.
The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden is a great book to have at hand for regular consultation and I will be recommending it wholeheartedly.