Thank you to Hal for asking about how to handle changing climate, especially for more arid regions. Living in Pennsylvania I don’t have this issue at the moment, as the state is rather water rich. Looking at the possible changes that can come I do have some strategies in place for responding to this potential reality. Some of the problems that I can see where I am is the climate becoming warmer and drier, which leads to these general strategies.
- Choosing plants adapted to a wide range of climate conditions.
- Using water collection techniques like mulching or zai (depression) planting.
- Capturing water in the soil.
- Building soil.
There are some general strategies that I use here, which continue to be experiments while the area is wet to see if I can establish plants with these techniques under these conditions. To expand this conversation I’ve reached out to several experts to see if they will join me to cover these topics, their specialties, in more depth.
How are you designing with climate change in mind? I’d love to hear from you.
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