A lot of our thinking about how to deal with a changing climate is based on a basic idea: We should be planting more food, but how do we know we can?
There are some very simple ways to help your garden grow more food and keep your land and soil healthier.1.
Planting More Trees1.
Choose trees that grow to a height of at least five feet tall.
This will increase the likelihood of having a lush, healthy soil, but it will also help your soil and soil structure hold up better to extreme heat.2.
Choose tall, mature, evergreen trees.
These are the best choice because they are able to withstand extreme heat, drought, or cold.3.
Choose greenhouses, composting bins, and other natural heat-absorbing materials.
These will help your plants absorb heat more efficiently and help them survive extreme heat and cold.4.
Consider using mulch as your soil amendment.
Mulch helps keep the soil cool and helps to promote roots, which are a key component in keeping your soil moist.5.
Look for plants that have a wide range of growth patterns, like shrubs, grasses, and perennials.
This gives your plants the chance to reach a maximum size, thereby increasing the chance that your soil will be more fertile.6.
Look at soil tests and find out what type of nutrients are best for your soil.
Use the soil tests to help you determine if your soil is healthy.7.
Use soil tests as a guide for soil quality.
You can look for areas of soil that are very wet or very dry.8.
Use organic mulch in place of stone and gravel, as these can absorb water more effectively.9.
Buy soil testing equipment and make sure you know the pH level of your soil before you plant.
If your soil test is showing an acidic pH level, you can use a pH test to determine the pH of your fertilizer and use that information to choose the fertilizer for your garden.10.
Plant a variety of vegetables, including carrots, potatoes, spinach, and more.
These types of vegetables will help the soil hold up to the extreme heat that your climate will have.11.
Look closely at the growth patterns of your plants and plants that are growing next to each other.
They should look like this:10.
Grow a variety that grows evenly across your property.
This is one of the easiest ways to maximize the amount of nutrients that you can get from your garden without worrying about soil damage.11a.
Plant your garden in a well-drained location, where the soil is well drained and well-rotted.
This helps to help keep the nutrients in the soil and reduces the chances of soil erosion and flooding.11b.
Plant in a hot climate.
This reduces the amount that you need to store nutrients for your plants.12.
Grow your vegetables in containers with no windows.
You will not want your vegetables to get too hot when you are growing them, and you will not get too much light exposure in your greenhouse when you plant them.12a.
Make sure that you do not have any windows open in your home.
Make it so that your plants are not allowed to get sunburned.12b.
Use window shades.
The darker the shade that you use, the more protection that you give your plants against the sun.13.
Plant small plants.
This means that you should plant your vegetables that are just a few inches across and not more than three inches apart.14.
Avoid the use of high-sodium, high-nitrogen fertilizers.
These high-protein fertilizers are great for small, delicate plants, but they can cause soil erosion, especially if you are using them near a hot summer or early fall.15.
Keep your soil rich in phosphorus.
The best way to ensure that your garden is nutrient-rich is to use a fertilizer that has at least one part per million of phosphorus in it.16.
Consider having a sprinkler system installed in your garden so that you get the nutrients that are needed to grow your plants effectively.17.
Plant plants that grow in areas that are easy to reach.
Plants that are planted so that they can reach their full height can help to reduce soil erosion in your property, which will help to protect your soil structure and promote soil health.18.
Consider planting a soil test in your front yard or in the front yard of your house.
Use a soil testing device to test your soil for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as the pH levels of your fertilizers and compost.19.
Use compost for your soils.
Compost can help you to increase the amount and quality of nutrients in your soil, as the compost you use is better able to absorb nutrients.20.
Look out for soil issues, like soil compaction.
Compaction can cause your soil to become very poor in nutrients. If