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Drought:how to adapt in the garden

20. April 2012

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It has rained every day for the past week here in the South East . Every time I look out of the window the water has been falling from the sky in buckets. Still, thoughts of the summer hose pipe ban are never far from mine and most gardeners minds at the moment with the […]

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Drought extends over UK

17. April 2012

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Drought zones are official in a further 17 English counties, as a warning came that water shortages could last until Christmas 2012. The Environment Agency declared drought zones in the following additional English counties : Nottinghamshire Leicestershire Derbyshire Staffordshire West Midlands Warwickshire Shropshire Worcestershire Herefordshire Gloucestershire Cornwall Devon Dorset Somerset Bristol South Gloucestershire Parts of […]

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National Gardening Week 16 – 22nd April

16. April 2012

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This is a new initiative launched by the RHS to get the nation growing and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening.       http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk Gardening has to be the best remedy for coping with just about anything life throws at you .Such a great way to drift away from the economic turmoil, austerity measures and […]

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Vineyards viable in drought UK

15. April 2012

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Vineyards viable in drought UK

The effects of climate change will bring many more vineyards to the UK countryside over the next 50 years, according to Julia Trustram Eve of the English Wine Producers Association. ” In the last seven years, the number of vineyards in the UK has increased from 333 to 416. We think this trend will continue […]

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Drought gardening

14. April 2012

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Drought gardening

  Thousands of people will be  visiting their local garden centre this Spring to buy annual bedding plants such as petunias, lobelia, bizzy lizzies. Maybe this year with drought conditions and a hosepipe ban just a week away, garden centres might offer alternative plant ideas to beat the drought ? SAY NO TO BEDDING PLANTS […]

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Germaine Greer on gardening in drought

9. April 2012

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Ms Greer is a passionate gardener who like me believes that there is a way throught the current hose-pipe bans if we take time to notice what has been happening in our gardens over the past few years: “If you look at the plants clumping up in your garden right now, you will see plenty […]

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Hosepipe ban affects 20 million

5. April 2012

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Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced today by seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17615364 In the past watering your garden was one of life’s pleasures, but hose-pipe bans and drought are changing this so gardeners need to use water wisely. MEASURE WHAT YOU USE Why not […]

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Drought resistant gravel gardens

4. April 2012

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Gravel gardening in the UK is proving very popular in 2012, being ideal for periods of drought and requiring little maintenance. For more ideas on gravel gardening visit the doyenne of this style of gardening – Beth Chatto .http://www.bethchatto.co.uk/gravel.ht  

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A drought in yr garden?

4. April 2012

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                                      Mediterranean gardening to beat drought Beating the drought this summer is easy if you choose the right plants that cope well with lack of water and do not require maintenance – unlike the traditional bedding plants […]

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Charlie Dimmock launches drought campaign

3. April 2012

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  Great to hear that Charlie Dimmock is urging gardeners to stay calm and just adapt the way they plant and manage their gardens with this years drought and hose pipe ban looming. http://www.channel4.com/news/gardener-charlie-dimmock-launches-drought-campaign Ignore the media hype about panic in garden centres. Drought is part of the natural cycle as climate change increases and gardeners […]

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