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New USA Hardiness Zone Map reflects warmer climate

27. January 2012

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At last Americas 82 million gardeners can now use accurate climate information to select the plants they will grow. Launched on 25th January 2012, the new Arbor Day.org Hardiness Zone Map separates America  into ten different temperature zones  and reflects that many areas have become warmer since 1990 when the last USDA hardiness zone map was published. Significant portions […]

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Capital Growth for Urban Food Growing

26. January 2012

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Capital Growth are  on target to have 2012 grow your own spaces in London by the end of this year.They have just announced an impressive number of workshops to help reach this target.Courses include Organis Gardening and Gardening for Schools at four training sites  – click on the link for further details: North London -The Regents Park, […]

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Olympic Meadows for London

23. January 2012

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London in Bloom want to use the 2012 London Olympics as a catalyst to improve the number of meadows and wild flowers growing in london.  The aim is to promote the celebration and creation of both wildflower meadows and nectar rich plantings in order to encourage community engagement, enhance the local environment and increase biodiversity. http://www.londoninbloom.co.uk/news.phtml

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NASA reports 2011 9th warmest on record

22. January 2012

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 NASA has announced that the global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.  http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2011-temps.html Time to consider different trees/plants to plan for a warmer yet unpredictable […]

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Australian weird weather

21. January 2012

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Love this report on weird weather in Australia during January 2012

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Bake your lawn

18. January 2012

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Finding ways to engage children in sustainability is a constant challenge but this looks like a brilliant idea to encourage kids to understand that bread can be grown from seed to sandwich. On Monday 23 January, Real Bread Campaign ambassador and star of Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom Herbert sows the Bake Your Lawn challenge […]

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Dungeness under threat

17. January 2012

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Europe’s largest expanse of shingle beach and one of the most beautiful seascapes at Dungeness  is in danger of being destroyed by a botched attempt to shore up its beach defences, say local residents An application has been submitted to Kent County Council seeking consent to excavate shingle from this precious corner of the coast for […]

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Sun and frost returns to UK

13. January 2012

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Such  a glorious day here in UK and the weekend is looking the same – cold clear nights with frost followed by blue sky and sunshine. Perfect weather for getting out into the garden!

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Thames Water tackles drought threat

12. January 2012

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Lack of rain in Southern England continues to be a problem and Thames Water today  launched a campaign to try to prevent a serious drought this year.It aims to make residents near the River Lee north of London and the River Darent to the south use water wisely. The company said last year’s “exceptionally dry weather” means the threat of […]

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Mild January brings early bloomers

11. January 2012

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The UK is enjoying some lovely mild weather. Here are some of the flowers I found in bloom today. Lets hope it stays that way with a bit more sun so we can all just slip into a beautiful spring!http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/09/spring-uk-weather-snowdrops-daffodils-flower-nature_n_1193609.html

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