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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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Gardeners rush to beat hosepipe ban

23. March 2012

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It seems that many gardeners are not thinking clearly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116558/Garden-centres-expect-rush-irrigation-systems-gardeners-way-beat-hosepipe-ban.html?ito=feeds-newsxml Drought does not have to signal the end of our beautiful gardens and parks – we just need to rethink what we plant and how we care for our plants? http://www.globalgardening.org/uploads/pdf/planting_global_garden.pdf

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First week of spring

20. March 2012

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This week has marked  the first day of spring . Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer at last in the UK. Great to think that we have six months growing time to look forward in the Northern hemisphere and hopefully some lovely sunny days in our gardens. Who knows what the next few […]

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Food Gardening with Attitude

19. March 2012

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Food Gardening with Attitude

Cultivating your food gardening attitude Here are some inspirational words for growing your own produce from  Australian Peter Kearney of City Food Growers It is very easy to be consumed by all the tasks and challenges of growing food with organic methods. In fact, for many gardeners, their early excitement fades as the challenges mount. […]

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Hedgehogs affected by climate change

16. March 2012

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Gardening is not just about caring for our plants but should also include helping eco-systems to thrive which includes the birds, insects and animals that co-exist in many of our gardens. Hedgehogs are being seriously challenged by our changing climate and gardeners can help find out if hedgehogs are emerging from hibernation earlier because of […]

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Planet under Pressure

15. March 2012

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Our Planet is Under Pressure and a major international conference in London from 26-29 March will use this name to focus on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. The Met Office will be attending along with many other impressive international  organisations and speakers. The aim is to explore how to work together to manage climate-related […]

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Kew Gardens Adopt a seed for Mothers Day

15. March 2012

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Mothers Day gifts are always a challenge. Forget the smelly soaps and box of chocolates – choose something that will last forever: http://www.kew.org/support-kew/adopt-a-seed/occasion/index.htm?campaignkw=MthrsEmailTopButton

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Hosepipe ban to hit gardeners

14. March 2012

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The Guardian provides excellent reports on the current lack of water in the South of England: “The government has declared drought in the southeast and warned that other parts of the country are in danger of drying up, too. For two winters in a row the UK has had unseasonably low rainfall. Now the government, […]

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