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Less Growing Days highlight hardiness issues

22. September 2011

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Has anyone noticed the decidedly Autumnal feel in the morning and evening now that the days are getting shorter? This is a sure sign that growing days for many plants are starting to reduce. Sad to think that very soon I will be starting to protect some of my exotic and tropical plants in the […]

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Google Earth Engine monitors climate change

14. September 2011

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 Google Earth Engine  allows worldwide, daily monitoring of changes to the planet’s environment and  global-scale monitoring which could also usher in a new era in forest protection. http://change.nature.org/2010/12/02/%E2%80%9Ccoolest%E2%80%9D-google-product-may-bring-new-era-in-forest-protection/ Google Earth Engine can be used for a wide range of applications—from mapping water resources to ecosystem services to deforestation. It’s part of a broader effort at […]

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13. September 2011

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 As the Garden Grows, so grows the Gardener  

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Exotic autumn garden

12. September 2011

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Exotic autumn garden

Exotic gardens look at their best at this time of year jut when traditional english herbaceous borders start to look sad and messy.To buy exotic plants explore these nurseries: http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/ http://www.urbanjungle.uk.com/ http://www.hardyexotics.co.uk/ Or visit Will Giles website to indulge in more exotic delights:http://www.exoticgarden.com/

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What is green investment?

9. September 2011

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  More money is said to be flowing in to green technology than ever before: a new global record of $243 billion was reported for 2010.  To go about making sense of these figures, the term “green investment” has to first be defined: Is it capital invested in protecting and restoring the environment at large, […]

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UK weather challenges

7. September 2011

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After the coldest summer since 1993 , it looks like September weather is going to prove challenging for many late flowering plants in the garden. Parts of the UK are to be hit by gusts of more than 65mph, while persistent rain will sweep down over the country for most of the month. Britain will also be […]

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ebay catches the rain

6. September 2011

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Even ebay has woken up to the importance of rainwater harvesting: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=rainwater+harvesting

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London goes bananas

4. September 2011

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London goes bananas

  London has enjoyed humid temperatures into the high 20c for the past few days and I have noticed how many nurseries  seem to be selling banana plants as a late Autumn addition to the garden. These are great for creating architectural shapes at a time when most herbaceous borders are struggling at the end of […]

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Bright Farms for the future

4. September 2011

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Bright Farms is an innovative US company that designs, finances, builds and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms at supermarkets, eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain. Food production is now the largest consumer of land and water resources on our planet and accounts for 20% of the worlds carbon emissions. Watch their clever video […]

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How will your garden grow in 2050?

4. September 2011

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How will your garden grow in 2050?

One of the most confusing things for gardeners about climate change is the uncertainty of what is actually going to happen with the weather. The biggest challenge likely to face gardeners everywhere is water management as rainfall is likely to fall by around one fifth by the middle of the century, leading to an increased […]

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