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Green roofs sprout in USA and Canada

2. December 2010

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Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular in US cities with major initiatives in Chicago, Portland and Washington.According to Green Roofs for Healthy Cities roughly 10 million square feet of green roofs were built in 2009, compared to a million in 2004. Toronto, Canada has become the first city in the Western Hemisphere to mandate green […]

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Coldest November night for 25 years

30. November 2010

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Coldest November night for 25 years

This week the UK experienced its coldest November night for a quarter of a century –  temperatures of -17.3C were recorded in Llysdinam, Wales http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/28/cold-weather-snow-winter For some veg this cold weather  is good news as it helps their flavour to develop: Brassicas, such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, winter radish and kale will all […]

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Fruit delights

24. October 2010

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Fruit delights

Yet another beautiful sunny day in the garden  –  perfect for picking the last of the autumn fruit .These enormous quince will make a wonderful fruit jelly. Easy to grow and very decorative, they can be found in many traditional gardens but they are not so fashionable in modern design.This is a shame as they […]

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Growing food building communities

15. October 2010

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Growing food building communities

Check out some excellent events happening in London this Autumn organised by Capital Growth who have pledged to support 2012 new community food growing spaces for the capital by end of 2012. With 585 to date they are busy finding new ways to inspire Londoners to use their outdoor space: Growing food building communities Tuesday […]

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Green roofs and gardeners help urban ecology

3. October 2010

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Green roofs and gardeners help urban ecology

“With our climate getting warmer gardeners will be playing an even more important part in helping reduce the effects of climate change.Getting planting right in urban spaces, which as we all know can be very limited, is particularly important and can have a major effect in not only helping reduce urban temperatures but will also […]

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UK Changing Climate delivers bumper fruit crop

26. September 2010

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UK Changing Climate delivers bumper fruit crop

Our unpredictable UK climate has delivered an excellent crop of fruit this year. Up and down the country, gardeners and farmers are reporting both brilliant quality and quantity. The apples and pears are huge,  the plums are  sweet and delicious whilst the blackberries are simply everywhere. Great to have a bountiful crop before our gardens […]

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Grow 2 eat

31. August 2010

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Grow 2 eat

If you can find space to grow your own produce you will save money, eat the freshest produce, become healthier and re-discover your taste buds. Explore this new site offering discounts and special deals that have been negotiated for the Grow2eat community – members of allotment associations, vegetable societies, garden clubs and individuals who are […]

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August ends with Glutney

30. August 2010

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August ends with Glutney

August has certainly delivered a mixed bag of weather for the UK but, it seems that the very hot July followed by heavy August rains is good news for many vegetables this year. On my patch of the Village allotment I have a delicious glut of green and red tomatoes, courgettes, green peppers and chillis […]

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London Capital Growth events

29. August 2010

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London Capital Growth events

Capital Growth is working towards 2012 new community food growing spaces for London by 2012. This amazing project is literally “growing” all the time .They organise regular networking events aimed at bringing together all those involved in community food growing projects across the capital. It is free to Capital Growth members and £5 for individuals or […]

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Grow your Own Tomatoes

16. August 2010

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Grow your Own Tomatoes

This is a great year for tomatoes. I am busy harvesting a bumper crop from my little space in The Village Allotment on the South Coast. Green or red – it doesn’t matter what colour – they all go to making chutneys, salsas, sauce or are eaten in delicious home grown salads. Anyone can grow […]

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