Roots Watering Hole

May 2022 Garden Education Podcast

May 23, 2022 Orrin Williams Season 2 Episode 5
Roots Watering Hole
May 2022 Garden Education Podcast
Show Notes

An episode in the home vegetable, medicinal, and landscape gardening series for 2022.

Hello Gardening and Farming Friends and Those That Love Fresh Hyperlocal Food,

Well, I apologize for being later than I would have liked to get this episode out. The weather in May has been like a pendulum swing from one extreme to the other. This theme is one that I mentioned before and whether you agree or not climate change and the resulting climate instability is the probable cause of this heretofore unusual weather.

What we are faced with is adapting to what the future holds. Here is the May 22, 2022  episode of 60 Minutes that may seem odd at first glance but the episode really is about how climate change realities will impact not just grapes but all gardening and farming. The message? Be adaptable!

Adaptability will require changing how we practice gardening and farming with one strategy being the application of season extension methods so that we may begin our season(s) earlier and end later.

See:

Low Tunnels, Cold Frames, Protection From Cold and Heat, High Tunnel or Greenhouse. Season extension does not have to be expensive, here is one idea that may cost around $50.

Another strategy for adapting to what seems to be the inevitability of climate change is changing what and when we grow crops moving forward. As you can see from this link the research is extensive. Do not fret you may not understand the scientific details of much of this but the point is clear, changes are certain. Skim through the links and see my point.

Do not forget to contact us with more information, questions, topics, and potential guests at orrinw@uic.edu. Look out for the June 2022 episode coming soon. Thank you for listening!

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