Archive | June, 2011

sun sets on midsummers day

21. June 2011

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sun sets on midsummers day

The longest day has passed with a glorious sunset over the Downs in East Sussex. Took this photo an hour ago on a windy but beautiful Beachy Head – summers here so lets see some heat for those plants and veggies please!

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Summer Solstice celebrations

20. June 2011

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Summer Solstice celebrations

It is almost here ! Tomorrow is the longest day when summer officially arrives and we experience the wonders of having the sun set as late as 21.21hrs in the South of England – and even 22.03hrs in Edinburgh. Anyone feel that summer has eluded them so far after such a wonderfully warm and early […]

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Garden gadabout

20. June 2011

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Garden gadabout

If you live in East Sussex and love gardens and gardening then don’t miss the annual Garden Gadabout experience which takes place over the next two weekends on 25/26th June and 2/3rd July. A variety of fascinating and beautiful gardens and community spaces, open their gates to the public across two week ends in June […]

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

19. June 2011

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

It has been a vintage year for strawberries and demand has been exceptional so there have been concerns that Wimbledon might miss out on supplies of this very English tradition. Even Google announced that online searches for strawberries and strawberry plants are at a seven year high. Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits, said: […]

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

15. June 2011

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

The UK Grow your Own season is steaming ahead over the next week with the long hours of daylight continuing up until Midsummers Day on 21st June. The longer days combined with some welcome rain  in the South  is making my veggies really put on a growth spurt. It is great to grow your own […]

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Drought official in UK

10. June 2011

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Parts of England are officially in drought following the dry spring, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13722013 Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is set to hold a second drought summit to review the impacts of the continuing dry weather and the government is sending a message to water wisely. Ms […]

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Beat drought use Grey Water

5. June 2011

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Beat drought use Grey Water

Running a bath, taking a shower or just running taps – they all produce ‘grey water’ that’s fine for using in the garden, for flushing the loo and even in the washing machine. Collecting grey water for use in your garden  is a simple energy saving thing to do – especially today as its World […]

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UK drought update

2. June 2011

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UK drought update

Between March and the end of May Britain as a whole was at its hottest and driest since 1910, which is as far back as records go. April was also the sunniest since 1929. Since the beginning of March on average there has only been 2in or 65mm of rain, which has led to dangerously […]

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