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Unexpected Truth About How Climate Can Affect Your Garden & What You Can do About it

January 16, 2020
Scott Malkmus

Description: in this day and age, climate change as a big issue. This article looks at the truth behind it and how climate can affect your garden. We also submit tips on what can be done to improve your garden in light of climate change facts.

 

As the weather begins to increase in temperature and the days get longer, you may notice that your backyard starts to deteriorate. So what can be done about this? We’ve looked into expert knowledge to share the enlightening science behind gardening as nature climate change kicks in. as spring arrives, increasing weather temperatures encourage garden plants to thrive and commence their reproductive cycle. Plants take from cues, provided by climate and weather, to flower, grow and fruit. However, as the world begins to heat up slowly as a result of climate change, these cues are distorted.

The question is, what is climate change and what can we do about it?

 

 

Syncing up with the climate

A lot of the world’s temperate plants have become involved in order to reproduce during spring periods. This is because they can avoid becoming damaged by extreme heat or cold conditions. Warm conditions that are too harsh can damage plants, however, just the right amount of warmth can cause a plant to grow fast. Every plant has evolved mechanisms in order to synchronize with climatic conditions. They work as brilliant indicators of climatic change and we know from looking at global assessments that most of the plants that we studied today are mutating much earlier than we thought.

 

As an example, Australian wine grapes have been shown to mutate a lot earlier, for instance, 26 days earlier on average then they should. One can notice this when looking at winegrower records. Everything is mutating quickly mutations are on the rise. Many fruit trees such as Apple and pear trees in Europe have been behaving a lot differently. These trees need cold conditions in order to break buds from dormant states and as warm winters are coming, this results in flowering being delayed. A recent study carried out on Pink Lady apples has shown that warm winters have delayed their flowering and has resulted in much more obscure sales for apples.

 

Do any of these changes really matter?

Unfortunately, the earlier emergence of reproductive parts of plants does increase the risk of frost damage in the garden. Contrary to popular belief, evidence showing that warming has not led to fewer frosting events. On the other hand, many plants that experience late-flowering can actually increase their risk of frost damage. As the flowers begin to shift in timing, this can be very problematic for plants which are relying on pollination between many different varieties. If different flowering times are not able to overlap, this can result in much less successful cross-pollination and potentially less desirable fruit.

 

Key pollinators such as birds and bees also need to adjust all of their activity to sync up with climate change. A lot faster at maturity fruit can cause ripening early at hot times of the year. This can result in fruit becoming excessively damaged by the heat.  

 

What other changes can one expect?

When everybody speaks of climate change the facts allowing for the garden. Diseases and pests also change and adapt, adjusting growth cycles as a result. Climate change will inevitably lead to an increase in pests and diseases at times when they are likely to cause a lot more damage to the garden. As warmer temperatures last for longer periods, this will encourage the spread of disease and increase the number of generations of pests. Shorter periods of cold weather will mean that fewer pests will die, therefore increasing the damage to your garden plants.

 <img alt=”Cross-Pollination Garden“>

What can be done?

The majority of citizen scientists who have been tracking biological events over time have observed the ways in which plants change. By keeping records of the ways that your parts are changing, you can be more prepared for changes that will come in the future. As you keep a record, you can see how pests and plants change their patterns. You can also know when to cover your plants to protect against frost and to see how to increase desirable cross-pollination.

 

In being prepared, you can learn when to lay down and let her feel parts in order to reduce any heat damage. One can set a trap for their pests according to the weather, rather than relying on the calendar year. This will be a lot more accurate foot disrupting generations of pests and therefore reducing the impact on your garden.

 

Your garden can adapt to climate change  

The effects of climate change and the causes of climate change have been well documented around the world. The effects of climate change have been observed and it is known that it influences all biological responses. It is unsurprising that people are beginning to get worried about climate change news and it is definitely going to have some alarming consequences. However, now that you’ve read this article, you will know how to deal with your garden in light of climate change facts. Seeing when the changes will come in your garden can give you insight as to when challenges need to be overcome. It is essential to adapt to both current and future change, preserving the life of your garden for many years to come.

 

 

What’s your climate change definition? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Our Author:

Scott Malkmus used to work as part of the committee on climate change in his local town. Now that he does not work as a geologist, Scott enjoys writing. He has completed a lot of pieces on all sorts of topics, from climate change to games such as book of ra. John dreams of having his own farm with plenty of goats and chickens.  

 

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