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Rooftop gardening helps combat climate change

11. February 2012

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Rooftop gardening helps combat climate change

A recent RHS study has shown that rooftop gardening can help combat climate change by lowering surrounding air temperatures. RHS scientist, Tijana Blanusa, who undertook the RHS research, says: ‘With our climate getting warmer, gardeners will be playing an even more important part in helping reduce the effects.’ ‘Getting planting right in urban spaces, which can […]

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Allotment adventures

30. November 2011

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If you have just taken on an allotment you will love this new blog series in the Guardian.It guides new plot holders through the process of taking on a new plot, points out the potential pitfalls, and looks forward to the growing year ahead.http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2011/nov/25/new-allotment

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Veg growing season extends

10. November 2011

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Allotments, kitchen gardens and veg patches in the UK now start their growing season earlier and finish much later . Even crops that are traditionally grown under cover can find themselves outside in the fresh air.Far more tomatoes crop reliably outdoors and melons too are coming out of the glasshouse. Seed catalogues already provide kitchen gardeners with a […]

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iPad veg garden planner

9. November 2011

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A new iPad App is launching soon to make planning your vegetable garden even more enjoyable – and easy! Garden Plan Pro  is the fastest way to plan a productive vegetable, herb or fruit garden and achieve your best ever harvest. Designed by the makers of the award-winning garden planner, currently used by over 100,000 global gardeners with data […]

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London Edible Gardens Open Day

24. August 2011

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Over 40 of London’s community food-growing gardens will be opening their gates to the public in September, resulting in the largest opening of food-growing spaces on a single day for any one city in the UK! On Saturday, 3rd September 2011 members of Capital Growth are inviting Londoners to explore their neighbourhood growing spaces. Many […]

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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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The Grow Your Own Show

16. April 2011

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The Grow Your Own Show

To capitalis on the interest in growing veggies there is  a new event, The Grow Your Own Show which takes place on 1st/2nd May in Guildford. “The Grow Your Own Show is totally, passionately and exclusively focused on cultivating, cooking and eating homegrown, local and organic produce,” says Event Director Diane Clifford. “Our tag line […]

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The Horticultural Channel launches

5. March 2011

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At last something is happening in the world of gardening TV. Tomorrow at 9 am sees the launch of The Horticultural Channel.tv, a new television micro-channel to be broadcast for the first time on Sky and Freesat. Programmes can even be downloaded via iTunes. Or watch it  at  http://www.youtube.com/horticulturalchannel THC.tv provides programmes for amateur gardeners […]

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My Seedy Sunday

6. February 2011

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My Seedy Sunday

Saving and swapping seeds took on a whole new meaning for me today after spending a couple of hours at Seedy Sunday which took place in Hove Town Hall, East Sussex. This is where the campaign to  protect our seed varieties originally began in the UK some 10 years ago and which I can report […]

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Seedy Sussex Sunday

30. January 2011

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Seedy Sussex Sunday

On 6th February one of  THE gardening events of the year takes place in Hove. Seedy Sunday runs from 10-4.30pm in Hove Centre in Norton Road and costs just £2.This quote from their web-site explains what it is all about: “Seedy Sunday has blazed the trail for UK seed swaps over the past decade: it […]

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