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UK tropical heatwave

3. August 2011

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The UK is experiencing a mini heatwave at last this summer! Temperatures have been hotter over the past few days than Turkey or India with the mercury reaching 28c – 83f – at Heathrow yesterday and temperatures in inner London up to 30c. It is also very humid which is great news for tropical plants like my […]

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Americans dig deeper

1. August 2011

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Whilst politicians in Washington debate the future of the American deficit, it appears that across the country, citizens are discovering inventive ways to support themselves by growing more and more of their own food. Urban Farming is the new American craze being driven by people’s craving for a connection to their food source and for […]

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Global Pick Your Own

29. July 2011

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If you just don’t have the time or inclination to grow your own fruit and veg, do visit this amazing site which lists hundreds of Pick your Own sites in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is a great way to know where your food is coming from with out […]

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Kew Australian walkabout at British Museum

28. July 2011

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Kew Australian walkabout at British Museum

Australian plants are enjoying a UK summer in a spectacular display outside the British Museum in London as part of the Australian Walkabout Season organised with Kew Gardens from April to October. This wonderful display showcases the rich biodiversity of Australia, and how these fragile systems are under threat from land usage and climate change.This […]

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

26. July 2011

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

RHS facebook The RHS is increasingly using technology to connect with gardeners. They have an excellent facebook event this week with Alys Fowler, one of my favourite gardeners, answering your questions on their Grow Your Own Facebook page via drop-in Q&A sessions. This takes place on Friday 29 July from 3pm – 4pm and is […]

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Toronto food production and allotments

22. July 2011

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Toronto food production and allotments

The city of Toronto has looked at the carbon and environmental impact of food and food systems and finds that 30-40% of its carbon footprint comes in one way or another from food related activities: transportation, energy growing, retailing. Growing 10% of the vegetables in the city would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37.9 kilotonnes […]

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Oxfam Tatton Park climate change garden

21. July 2011

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Oxfam helps farmers all over the world to deal with the effects of climate change whether it be drought in Africa or flooding in Bangladesh. To highlight their work, Oxfam have designed and created a garden called “When the waters rise”at the RHS Tatton Park Show this week. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Show-Tatton-Park/2011/Gardens/Garden-A-to-Z/When-the-Waters-Rise This beautiful garden won Gold yesterday […]

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Alan Titchmarsh backs gardens

20. July 2011

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If you don’t want your front garden to look like this horror then watch the inspirational Alan Titchmarsh in this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-dUWWtdAE

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Weather matters

19. July 2011

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Weather matters

Staying with the weather theme I wonder if you have any idea where this photo was taken today? Not Spain, not the South of France or even a tropical island. I took this photo at lunch time along the sea front at Eastbourne on the South Coast of the UK – sometimes known as god’s […]

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The Weather Makers

18. July 2011

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The Weather Makers

UK is certainly getting its share of weird weather this summer after the amazing spring heatwave. Unpredictable weather patterns bringing drought, floods and storms to countries across the world are predicted to become the norm as the planet warms. I have always found the confusing facts and evidence hard to work through but would recommend […]

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