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Whats with the climate?

27. April 2009

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Whats with the climate?

If British gardeners think they have problems with climate change – read about how a country with over a billion population is dealing with this major issue? India has major climatical issues that are highlighted by this excellent site: http://www.whatswiththeclimate.org/ It is childen like these in Calcutta that will inherit the legacy of climate change […]

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Obama’s REAL dilema – veggie garden at the White House?

21. April 2009

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Obama’s REAL dilema – veggie garden at the White House?

As if saving the world was not enough for President Obama, it appears that even in his own home the pressure is on to take major decisions – about what to grow in his garden. This interesting article by Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post  explains the dilema Mr Obama is currently facing. So, you […]

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Americans are no April Fools as they dig for victory

21. April 2009

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Americans are no April Fools as they dig for victory

President Obama is in London today to share his vision for how (and if!) we can dig our way out of an enormous economic hole. Back home his fellow countrymen are also digging – in their gardens! It seems Americans are taking note of their inspirational leader’s self sufficiency at the White House and transforming […]

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

21. April 2009

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

  London may be suffering from an economic melt-down but it is also a fertile seed bed for green ideas. The current Mayor, Boris Johnson,  does not necessarily spring to mind when you think about gardening, but it seems that he has realised the value of vegetable gardens: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/nov/04/boris-london The Mayor is also supporting the excellent Capital […]

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Climate Change in Australia highlights need for plant preservation

21. April 2009

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Climate Change in Australia highlights need for plant preservation

Whilst the UK has experienced one of the coldest winters for many years, Australia has been enduring severe droughts, challenging the survival of many of its gardens and plant species. The exceptional heatwave particularly affected South East Australia during late Jan and early February 2009. Extreme conditions occured in North and East Tasmania, most of […]

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Kitchen Garden tips from America

19. March 2009

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Kitchen Garden tips from America

The Obamas continue to inspire  the green revolution on the American homefront. First lady Michelle Obama broke the ground today on a new garden near the fountain on the South Lawn that will supply the White House kitchen. She was joined by students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District of Columbia. The children will […]

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Freaky weather leaves fruit bowl bitter in Southern India

30. December 2008

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Freaky weather leaves fruit bowl bitter in Southern India

I have been contacted by a journalist from the online version of The Hindu – India’s national newspaper. Sudhi read my previous blog about the environmental issues facing Kerala and kindly sent me an interesting piece he wrote about how climate change is affecting the growth of fruit and vegetables in Kerala. Its a similar […]

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Kerala facing up to environmental and economic issues

28. December 2008

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Kerala facing up to environmental and economic issues

I took this picture a week ago in Fort Cochin, Kerala. If you have visited this busy port and spice centre, you cannot fail to have noticed the gigantic trunks of these simply beautiful Rain Trees that line the main square, just across from the famous Chinese fishng nets. They are a reminder of Cochin’s […]

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Gardening – Indian Style

9. December 2008

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Gardening – Indian Style

There was not much time to think about gardening or writing my blog whilst I was travelling through big cities such as Calcutta and Hyderabad.I did manage to find some gardening activity in our hotel in Chennai where the obsession with a neat and tidy and lawn appeared worse than the UK. I noticed a lady […]

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The price of water?

12. November 2008

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What a weird world we now live in! Whilst the UK drowns in buckets of rain, it seems that Southern Australia has recently declared its worst drought on record. For the past decade, Australia has been experiencing very dry summers and many gardeners are feeling the strain as this extremely sad story reveals: Australia’s first […]

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