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Some years ago I was looking at the classes available at Skagit Community College.

There was a huge change towards water resource issues, loss of land mass, displacement of people. I checked out some other maps for predictions of rising water lines. At the time it was a 50 year prediction, now at 45 years.


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The average mortgage is 35 years. People would be wise to consult the map before purchasing a property. More available water will be diverted to save the fruit and nut trees meaning fewer fields of annual food crops……tomatoes, lettuce,broccoli etc. The result will be shortages and higher prices.

Grains and the like relying on rainfall will also be affected. My take away was, grow as much as possible, stock up on jars and dust off the old canner. I agree with what you say about water and being careful when choosing a location, but I think one other good thing to consider is what people who are already gardening in extreme climates are doing to deal with unpredictability.

We get drowning rainfalls…followed by searing drought. But we still grow a lot of food. People expect unpredictable weather and adapt. They plant less by the calendar and more by what the conditions are this year. Orchards have backup plans that can help get them through an unseasonable cold snap. For home gardeners, winter-sowing in containers that sit out in the snow is getting pretty popular locally as a way to deal with the unpredictable springs, and we just plan on having to cover the tomatoes some nights in the fall. Rain barrels keep getting more important as our early summer deluges give way to incredibly dry autumns.

Agreed that choosing appropriate varieties is essential.

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Great post. It will now determine where I build my new compost bins behind my shed, hidden from the neighbors site lines. The California drought is no doubt frightening, but great swaths of the Midwest have been drought stricken for years now. Otherwise, we would be severely limited in what water we could use. But pasture land is practically bare except CRP, which the government pays people to not use, grrrr and people are getting rid of cattle. I grew the absolute best pigweed and stickers, though…better than in any other part of the yard lol. Two years ago, spring came in March and never left.

Last year we had snow May 5. Also, regarding polar ice caps, I thought that they were at their highest levels in years this year?


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For me here in Calif…its the water. Living in northern Ca. Streams flowed year round, lakes got full, farming at its best…. Now we come to this year…Never have I seen a year where no rain falls in Dec. What does it mean?.. Every piece of land is different.. I also have started making hugelkulure beds.. Check out the video on the linked page, Sustainable Gardening in a Changing Climate. I learned a lot. The effect of CO2 on weed growth was thought provoking.

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Also the way in which rainfall and dryness will increase in many parts of NA at the same time. I really agree with you about mental flexibility. There is no normal anymore. My gardening experiences are wildly different year to year. I know a good deal of math and science and for a long time part of my job was modeling complex biochemical systems. One thing that we do know is that the climate changes. It has been warmer and cooler while humans have been around and we did OK.

We sit 46 feet above the Pacific at 0. That will undoubtedly give me something to complain about, but to the next generation it will just be normal. I might consider selling a house that already gets licked by storms at high tide.

Humans have the solutions to address climate change. The question is: Do we have the will?

I might consider moving out of any of the big swaths of desert that petroleum and technology have turned into fragile oases, because those places are going to have problems related to population and economics, climate change or no. The next decade will give us some interesting data. Will the abatement in rising temperatures continue, or will they resume an upward trend? Last year was a complete disaster in the garden. Basically, we got 6 months of rain in 6 weeks.

When it finally stopped, we were hit with a week of 90 — F weather. They just sorta sat there in the gray gloom and waited for the rain to stop. I garden in raised beds, so nothing died, but I think they had little room to spread their roots without hitting muck. Ate it right down to the ground before moving on. I got exactly 2 squashes from 6 hills. I got a dozen or so tomatoes from 6 plants. The cukes did okay until the squash bugs moved in. The corn formed small ears, that for the most part had few kernals.

The weeds were rampant, and so were the mosquitoes. Sometime in July, I just gave up. Just a terrible year. Summer temps in mid-March, followed by multiple freezes, one down to in April. Only one orchard in this area had any fruit and they credited a micro-climate situation that saved much of their crop.

All the other orchards had to buy fruit from Pennsylvania to sell at their farmstands. The weather events are definitely becoming more extreme. Wish I had solutions to offer. Who knows, this year might be spectacular. I wonder if raising my raised beds might help. I didnt read all the comment so these things may have been mentioned. In California we dug drywells by all our fruit trees we grew 3 times as much fruit as trees without them.

She would like to start have tours for schools to show how mamy different ways you can grow good food. I think key hole is easy to cover, you could paint or use dark colors for the base to help absorb heat. Peas, when they are finished and we are cleaning an area we will take the plant with some of the pods on it and plant the whole thing where we want it for next year.


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We do this with other plants as well. I think it could work better where you are your wintets are as cold. When the teacher said that, it immediately hit with me. Spread the leaves on flat trays. Cover the herbs with a cloth that will keep dust off but allow moisture to pass through.

Many of the herbs we grow today are from the Mediterranean region, so hot, dry summer weather suits them perfectly. Herbs need good drainage they do best in a raised bed and the right exposure.

Most require full sun. Mints and a few other herbs grow well in shade or partial shade. Basil: This is one of the easiest herbs to grow, even from seed. However, basil is tender, so expect to lose it at the first sign of frost. Many varieties and flavors of basil are available.

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The most common is sweet green basil. More unusual varieties are cinnamon, Cuban, globe, holy, lemon, licorice, purple ruffled, Japanese sawtooth, and Thai. Not all are used in cooking.

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Basil is the herb to use in all tomato dishes. It can be chopped fine and mixed with butter. Add fresh chopped leaves to vinegar, crushed garlic, and olive oil to make an excellent dressing for sliced tomatoes.