Gardening and Global Warming – NWF Guide

Like many, I’ve been witnessing flowers blooming earlier, bushes also blooming earlier and hotter summers during the growing season. Last spring azaleas bloomed a solid two weeks earlier than normal in the Baltimore region. Many state flowers and trees are under threat by this climate change.

The National Wildlife Federation is working to educate gardeners and homeowners on the connections between how we maintain our properties and climate change. There is to be a workshop on this very topic at the Irvine Nature Center (www.explorenature.org) north of Baltimore on March 5th, led by an expert from NWF.

From the National Wildlife Federation’s website:

“Plants across the nation are affected by global warming. You have probably seen that many plants in your backyard are blooming earlier. Global warming will mean that many native and iconic plants may no longer find suitable climate conditions in major portions of their historic range.”

For more information and gardening tips of how gardening can help ameliorate climate change, check out this link and download the full report. There are tips on cutting use of fossil fuels in your gardening practices, planting natives (more trees), putting in green roofs, water gardens etc. It’s an informative guide that many could benefit from reading and putting the steps into practice.

http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Gardeners-Guide-to-Global-Warming.aspx

 

Postscript –

Here are some videos from the Union of Concerned Scientists on Gardening in more Climate Friendly ways… Enjoy!

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/what_you_can_do/climate-friendly-gardening-videos.html

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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2 Responses to Gardening and Global Warming – NWF Guide

  1. joeywahoo says:

    I keep pushing our planting days back. The things we used to plant on or after March 15, we now are planting by March 1, or even earlier. There is still the possibility that a late cold spell can mess things up, but definitely the seasons aren’t what they used to be.

    As for how gardeners/farmers can help fight climate change, I believe composting is VERY important. The production and use of synthetic fertilizers is a significant contributor to environmental degregation.

    Thanks for the great blog.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the compost suggestion… I totally agree with you. And love how my worm condo in the basement helps me keep the nutrients cycling on my property.

    -m

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