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Drought gardening in 2012

2. April 2012

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If you want ideas for creating a drought garden to deal with the ongoing UK  hose pipe ban then watch my interview with gardening guru Will Giles in his fabulous Mediterramean garden in Norwich. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYQr9XXItrs

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Rain needed for gardens

31. March 2012

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Rain needed for gardens

        With the current drought seriously affecting UK gardens any drop of rain is like liquid gold. Rainwater harvesting in the UK has increased by approximately 300% in the last two years Rainharvesting can replace up to 50% of a household mains water consumption, and up to 85% on commercial installations Collecting […]

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Drought Plant for March: Flaming Euphorbia

30. March 2012

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Drought Plant for March: Flaming Euphorbia

Latin name: Euphorbia grifithii Description: A vigorous herbaceous perennial with erect stems that are reddish green when young turning yellow in the autumn. The leaves are linier with prominent red midribs from 9-15cm long. It is a marvellous species with dark foliage, with a strong coppery tint and dusky orange heads in summer. ‘Dixter’ is […]

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Watering trees not car washes exempt from hosepipe ban

30. March 2012

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It is absurd that ‘car washes’ are exempt from the rules on the use of water. If the Government is serious about the need for sustainable planting and action to mitigate climate change the case for watering trees and shrubs and some parks landscapes must surely rank higher than ‘car washes’ http://dayinthelife.hortweek.com/2012/03/29/why-are-car-washes-exempted-from-the-water-use-regulations-but-not-watering-trees/

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Hosepipe hotlines bring trouble for gardeners

29. March 2012

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Looks like there will be trouble in the garden next week as water authorities urge neighbours to report anyone breaking the hosepipe ban .http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/drought/9166000/Hosepipe-hotlines-to-enforce-drought-restrictions-as-March-heatwave-continues-all-week.html A survey commissioned by MSN found that a third of people would report a neighbour for breaking the hosepipe ban. What an unbelievable situation when one of the worlds most civilised countries […]

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Lawns and drought

28. March 2012

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Lawns and drought

An RHS curator says that gardeners do not need to water their lawns during a drought. Watering your lawn can negatively impact the environment if it is poorly managed, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Colin Crosbie, curator of RHS Garden Wisley, argued on Radio Four’s Today Programme a year ago during the last […]

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Water butts to beat hose pipe ban

26. March 2012

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Water butts to beat hose pipe ban

It appears that sales of water butts have rocketed  in order to beat the hosepipe ban. Great news that people are thinking about collecting rain.! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9162888/Gardeners-rush-for-water-butts-ahead-of-hosepipe-ban.html Good also to think about what you plant this summer and choose drought tolerant plants to keep your garden looking good – with no rain or hose-pipes! http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=396  

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Drought alert in London

25. March 2012

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This advert by Thames Water on the London overground highlights the seriousness of the current drought. The BBC has devised this simple way to check water usage in your home  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/629/629/5086298.stm    

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Are allotments covered on hose pipe ban?

24. March 2012

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If you own an allotment this is probably on your mind at the moment? Find out what the water companies say about using water to grow vegetables that would stop you getting in your car to drive to a supermarket that sells fruit and vegetables that have been flown across the globe and created a […]

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Veg Gardening and climate change

24. March 2012

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Veg Gardening and climate change

This guest post has been written by Peter Kearney who created and runs the excellent City Food Growers web-site from Brisbane in Australia. Peter uses his horticultural knowledge and practical experience to explain how vegetable gardens can adapt to changing temperatures and unpredictable weather. Being in tune with your local climate is one of most […]

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