Wherever we live, there are times of the year when growing food isn’t easy. Too dry, cold or wet. Frost, snow or baking hot sun… Wouldn’t be great to be growing food at these times?

Have a look at how these two women are defeating winter and growing heaps of healthy greens.

There are cheaper ways to improve your climate. But first, you need to get to know how your climate impacts your growing conditions.

GrowMap cover - making it easy to grow foodThe easiest way to do this is with a GrowMap . There is a section on  ‘Preparing for Tough Times’ in this resource from Learning from Nature.

You look at ways to reduce the impacts of your climatic conditions; just like we do for ourselves with wood fires, central heating, air conditioners and shade trees in the yard!

Think about your climate and weather conditions – from the perspective of your plants:

1.    Which times of the year are particularly challenging? Why?

2.    What’s the weather like during these times? Is there heavy frost and snow? Prolonged dry periods? Miserably wet for weeks on end…?

3.    What will be the impact on my plants?

4.    How will climate change modify these conditions?

5.    How can I reduce these impacts?

Using the GrowMap , specialist skills aren’t required. Or long days collecting information. You’ll quickly get to know your growing conditions and discover opportunities to improve your climate. Growing for example – shade trees, trees for protective cropping, windbreaks, alleys and swales, living mulch… These climate enhancers are 100% recyclable, designed for your conditions, and cheaper and more environmentally sustainable than building infrastructure!

 >Get Diana and Alison’s list of recommended food plants

Thanks – Alison Graham from Achiltibuie Gardens, and Diana Wilding for sharing your knowledge and experiences on growing food in cold climates!