Monday, 17 March 2014
Facing climate change down the plot.
It's seems almost certain that the so called "enhanced greenhouse effect" is leading to the warming of our planet. Climate scientists are a lot less certain about how this will impact on different parts of the globe but we are told that an increase in extreme weather events is one of the most likely outcomes. As an amateur veg grower I find myself facing the same challenges that confront the worlds farmers, but on a minuscule scale and without the added incentive of being responsible for feeding millions. Here in the South Eastern part of UK we are now recovering from the wettest winter on record and growers are revelling in the past week of warm dry weather and getting down to some early sowing. A wet, cold April would soon put paid to all of our plans but a cold dry spring could be even more of a problem. Dealing with all the many trials and tribulations of producing a bit of home-grown veg down the allotment is sometimes a pain but usually a pleasure. Who knows what kind of a growing season we have ahead of us. Best get off this keyboard, get down there and crack on I reckon.