Archive | June, 2012

Tropical Plants for summer gardening

27. June 2012

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Tropical Plants for summer gardening

After a miserable month of wet and cold weather, the UK is just starting to warm up with temperatures of 22 – 27c expected this week in London. Time to take advantage of all that rain and the muggy temperatures by transfering your garden into a tropical paradise for the next few months. In this […]

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How can I get a water metre?

25. June 2012

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How can I get  a water metre?

Most gardeners use more water in the summer which is why it is a good idea to have a water metre installed  http://www.uswitch.com/water/what-water-meter Many water companies do not charge to have a water metre and it is such an easy thing to do: There are over 20 companies supplying water in England and Wales and […]

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Olympic Park Gardening

23. June 2012

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In just over a month the 250 acre Olympic Park which is the biggest new urban park in London since the 19th century will literally burst into life. Some 4,000 trees, 300,000 wetland plants and 10 football sized meadows are set to create a spectacular floral display for the Olympic athletes and visitors to enjoy as well […]

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Gloomiest June since records began

22. June 2012

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Yet another garden wash out this weekend with wind and rain predicted for much of the UK. I can  count on one hand the number of sunny days I have managed to enjoy my garden and nothing is growing as it should – veg are a particular disaster with the lack of sun. Meteorologist Philip […]

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Trees need help to weather storms

21. June 2012

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Today is Mid Summers Day and it marks the midway point of The Tree Council’s Tree Care Campaign, launched on 21st March, yet there has been little evidence of summer over the past few weeks. The recent extreme of wet and stormy weather has presented an unwelcome threat to both newly planted and established trees […]

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Trees for Cities

20. June 2012

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Trees for Cities

Interesting facts about trees from  the Arbor Day Foundation: * A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. *A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.” http://chemistry.about.com/od/environmentalchemistry/f/oxygen-produced-by-trees.htm […]

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Rio+20: Prince Charles in climate change warning

18. June 2012

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Prince Charles has become one of the UKs biggest champions of the environment .He takes every opportunity to express his concerns about climate change.Watch his latest speech to mark the opening of Rio+20 , the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in a few days. http://www.uncsd2012.org/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18479724 His concern for the effects of climate change […]

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Fathers Day, Football and Lawns

16. June 2012

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Fathers Day, Football and Lawns

The  male population of the UK seems to have an obsession with neat and tidy lawns –  almost as annoying as the football mania which is affecting  most men in England at the moment. Maintaining a healthy lawn doesn’t have to involve using chemicals and artificial fertilisers .There are plenty of ways to maintain your […]

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Hose pipe ban lifted – what about leaks?

14. June 2012

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From today more than 15 million people in the south and east of England are able to fill paddling pools and water lawns now the hosepipe bans are lifted Three of the UK’s biggest water companies – Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water have ended their restrictions. However, four companies – South East Water, […]

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Gardening in the rain

12. June 2012

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Flaming June is turning into Flooding June with 40 flood alerts across the country. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/12/flash-flood-warnings-southern-england?newsfeed=true Looks like June will become the wettest on record. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9327617/Britain-on-course-for-wettest-June-on-record.html The forecast is for even heavier down pours this Friday which means another wet and wild weekend in the garden.My suggestions is to stay positive, put on your wellies and […]

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