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Is newspaper toxic for my organic garden?

4. March 2011

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Peter Kearney who founded City Food Growers near Brisbane, Australia has written this interesting blog about whether you should use newspaper in organic gardens. http://cityfoodgrowers.com.au/blog-latestposts.php?catid=104

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How is the weather at your home?

1. March 2011

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How is the weather at your home?

What does climate change actually mean for the weather in the region where you live? Could it be that you are going to see an increase in the number of damaging weather events? Or could the weather actually be getting nicer and bring exciting new opportunities for gardeners to expand the range of  plants they […]

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Sustainable Sedum mats

22. February 2011

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SedumPlus is a UK grown vegetation mat specifically designed for green roofs. It comprises a blend of sixteen stunning varieties of sedum plants to provide extended interest and colour throughout the growing season. Ideal for green roofs, sedums are drought tolerant and well suited to the often harsh growing conditions of a roof. They need […]

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Will spring be early or late in 2011?

10. February 2011

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Will spring be early or late in 2011?

After the freezing temperatures of recent months there is much speculation about when spring will arrive and the first blooms appear in our gardens. Will it be early or late ? If spring is early why is this happening? http://www.skepticalscience.com/advancing-spring-global-warming.htm

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Channel 4 on climate change gardening

5. February 2011

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The face of Channel 4 News, RHS member Jon Snow, has reported on the changing climate many times, so  is in a good position to make his own judgement on the issue. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Gardening-in-a-changing-climate/Current-Situation I am sure there would be great interest in a TV programme about how the changing climate  is affecting our gardens .Maybe  […]

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Hardiness zones adapt to climate change?

2. February 2011

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Hardiness zones adapt to climate change?

What defines the “hardiness” of a plant? If you define hardiness as “a plant’s ability to survive  in adverse conditions” then the lowest temperature of an area –  traditionally used as a bench-mark in the UK – is not the only factor which needs to be taken into account . There are a host of other influences that must be […]

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Seedy Sussex Sunday

30. January 2011

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Seedy Sussex Sunday

On 6th February one of  THE gardening events of the year takes place in Hove. Seedy Sunday runs from 10-4.30pm in Hove Centre in Norton Road and costs just £2.This quote from their web-site explains what it is all about: “Seedy Sunday has blazed the trail for UK seed swaps over the past decade: it […]

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RHS modernisation tackles climate change

24. January 2011

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The RHS has stated that one of  its prime objectives in the future  is to help gardeners become more environmentally sustainable. This welcome new direction is being promoted by its new Director General Sue Biggs: “Whether or not you accept climate change is man made there is lots of evidence that we have a more […]

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2010 joint warmest on record

13. January 2011

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2010 joint warmest on record

The two most respected national weather services in the US, Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), agreed that 2010 tied with 2005 as the hottest since records began in 1880. Overall 2010 and 2005 were 1.12F (0.62C) above the 20th century average when taking a combination of land and water surface temperatures […]

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Bee happy in 2011

11. January 2011

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Bee happy in 2011

One in three mouthfuls of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination. Pollination is  on a radical decline and results show that climate change may be to blame for the steep pollination drop. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-09/07/pollination-decline-proven We need to help bees as much as possible. Capital Growth are currently running a comepetition for 50 communities […]

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