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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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Barack Obama – the Green God?

5. November 2008

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The President-elect brings new optimism about the future of climate change issues in the USA . Will his appointment herald the green light for radical environmental reform?  Mr Obama’s plans are certainly ambitious and long overdue. The energy and enthusiasm he inspires is what America and the rest of the world desperately needs to make […]

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Guardian highlights Global Gardening

7. August 2008

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Guardian highlights Global Gardening

The Guardian ran a story today about Professor Bob Watson, Defra’s Chief Advisor, warning that we should be prepared to adapt to a global temperature rise of 4c. The most interesting piece of this article for me is that the Guardian decided to lead with a picture and caption that sums up exactly what Global […]

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Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get!

12. July 2008

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Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get!

How apt these words from Robert Heinlein were today! Woke up to brilliant sunshine and temperatures of 20c but, as I took a train and carbon free boat ride to the Hampton Court Flower Show, the weather changed. Great big clouds moved across the sky casting a shadow over the 25 acre show ground. By […]

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