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How your garden can help beat climate change

3. March 2017

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How your garden can help beat climate change

You may have noticed that our seasons are becoming confused and increasingly unpredictable. If you have a garden you will regularly observe the effects of unseasonal and extreme weather on plants and wildlife. The good news is that your garden can help to combat these changes – particularly if they are in the city as […]

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A warming planet affects our gardens

3. March 2017

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Our planet is warming very rapidly. In 2016 our precious Earth was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit (0.94 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration figures released on Wednesday. That may not sound like much, but on a planetary scale it’s a profound shift that has decimated coral reefs, thawed […]

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Plant trees to tackle climate change

2. March 2017

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Plant trees to tackle climate change

Trees are vital to the future of our planet as they soak up carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/26/trees-to-combat-climate-change Wherever you live in the world please think about where you can plant more trees – they are beautiful and easy to look after as long as you choose the right tree for the right soil […]

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Do gardeners believe in climate change?

1. March 2017

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Gardeners are probably best placed to notice and understand the effects of climate change. Their plants are affected by whatever the weather delivers daily, hourly or sometimes even minute by minute . According to the RHS many gardeners see increasingly unpredictable weather as an opportunity rather than a disaster. Here are the results of a […]

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Climate change affecting seasons

1. March 2017

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A report published by the University of Southampton confirms that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later and Spring is starting earlier in the northern hemisphere. This has huge implications for UK , European and USA gardeners. The project was led by University of Southampton Professor of Geography Peter Atkinson, who worked […]

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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

17. August 2016

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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

The UK growing season for plants is longer than at any time since records began in 1772 extending the range of flowers and vegetables that can be grown successfully in the UK. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2016/growing-season Six of the ten longest growing seasons have also occurred within the last 30 years During the last 10 years the ‘plant’ […]

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How do you garden in a changing climate?

15. August 2016

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Gardening and uncertain weather have always gone together but never more so now that extreme weather is bringing unpredictable seasons and shifting climate patterns to our private and public green spaces. How do you garden in a changing climate? Are you finding new ways to plant and manage your garden? Do you find the weather […]

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How to create a micro-climate in your garden

2. August 2016

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Growing bananas in the UK certainly takes on new heights when you see what a micro climate can produce. These 20 year old gigantic banana plants  remain outside in The Exotic Garden in Norwich during UK winters although, when the temperatures really drop, they are protected with fleece and straw. What exactly is a micro climate? A […]

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Climate Change gardening in Australia

27. March 2016

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This guest post from Mackenzie Fox who lives in Brisbane, Queensland explains the range of challenges facing Australian gardeners as the climate changes: Gardening and Climate Change in Australia The Australian continent seems to have been hit harder by emerging climate change than the rest of the world. As the planet gets warmer, there are […]

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Why on earth is anyone still using peat?

24. March 2016

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Gardeners need to think seriously about the implications of using peat for their plants. Please read this informative blog and consider buying peat free soil or Enriched Biochar. http://www.carbongold.com/why-one-earth-is-anyone-still-using-peat/  

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