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International Year of Biodiversity

17. May 2010

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The United Nations have chosen 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is inviting the world to take action in order to safeguard the variety of life on Earth and the natural living systems that provide us with food,fuel, health,wealth, and other vital services.There are events taking place all over the world which […]

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Missing out on Chelsea Flower Show

16. May 2010

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Missing out on Chelsea Flower Show

The horticultural frenzy that surrounds The Chelsea Flower Show is now in full flow – just 10 days to go and the pressure to deliver that “perfect” garden is on for the exhibitors.http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2010/Gardens As always with Chelsea, the unseasonal weather seems to be the topical  issue with the Times reporting that “worried garden designers have […]

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Los Angeles ditchs lawns for home-grown lunch

11. May 2010

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Los Angeles ditchs lawns for home-grown lunch

Hello to the many visitors to this site from LA where I read that many lawns are being dug up to increase the accessibility and quality of sustainable and locally grown food. Apparently LA and the surrounding area is experiencing a mini-boom in new businesess offering help to build and even maintain vegetable gardens for […]

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Indoor gardening

2. May 2010

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Indoor gardening

I have to admit I am a bit of a fair weather gardener – I hate gardening in the rain! Which means that my plans to get outside digging the soil today had to change  in view of the miserable weather. Time to get in a spot of  indoor gardening. My chillis, peppers and tomato […]

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Climate change despair from Lovelock

1. April 2010

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James Lovelock, now 90, is a British scientist who has inspired the green movement for many years. He developed the Gaia theory that Earth is a huge, self regulating organism and his musings on how we are ruining our planet are highly respected all over the world. He recently expressed his belief that man is not clever enough […]

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LA values its rainfall

8. October 2009

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Check out how advanced America is when it comes to rainwater harvesting http://www.larainwaterharvesting.org/ The City of Los Angeles rolled out the City’s first FREE rainwater harvesting systems in July 2009. Maybe Boris will put this on his Green list for London?

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Americans rant on lawn issues

19. September 2009

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The issue of maintaining America’s 25 million acres of lawn that use a staggering 3 million tons of fertilisers continues. Just found this newly launched web-site from the wonderful ladies who set up Garden Rant, a popular gardening blog in the USA who, like me are utterly convinced that GARDENING MATTERS! Check out : http://www.gardenrant.com/ […]

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Mini NASA allotment targets “space” savers

30. July 2009

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If you are a long way down the waiting list to get a local allotment from your council, then NASA have designed one for astronauts that may be just the answer. It uses no water or soil, just requires a power supply as reported by the Daily Mail: The Power Plant Growing Machine was designed […]

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US gardeners guide to global warming/ weirding?

8. June 2009

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The effects of climate change on American gardens varies enormously from one State to the next: http://www.nwf.org/gardenersguide/ Garden writer Anne Raver of  The New York Times was the first to label the trend as “global weirding”” http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2008-04-01/Hardiness-Zone-Changes.aspx

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World Environment Day highlights Climate Change

5. June 2009

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World Environment Day highlights Climate Change

The theme for WED 2009 is ‘Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change’. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests. Visit http://twitter.com/unepandyou to […]

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