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Drought suggests UK hosepipe ban

25. April 2011

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Drought suggests UK hosepipe ban

It has not rained on the South Coast for weeks – well not rain that makes a difference. My garden is now exceptionally dry which make digging and planting a real challenge -anyone else having the same  experience? England and Wales had their driest March in more than 60 years, with some parts of Cambridgeshire […]

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

25. April 2011

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

The recent hot weather has inspired me to invest in a melon plant from my local nursery . With no greenhouse but a very sunny south facing wall and a very thick glass cloche I am being perhaps a touch optmisitic but felt like a challenge. Anyone had success with growing melons over the past […]

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Driest March on record?

2. April 2011

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Driest March on record?

Met Office rainfall figures for March indicate that the month is likely to be one of the driest on record in the UK , even with rain falling over recent days. The UK average rainfall total from 1 to 29 March was 39.1 mm – 41% of the long-term average for the whole of the month […]

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Save Water in your garden

22. March 2011

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Save Water in your garden

Here is my first Climate Week blog with 10 easy things that HELP PRESERVE WATER IN YOUR GARDEN. 1. Get a water metre installed http://www.which.co.uk/environment-and-saving-energy/environment-and-greener-living/guides/switching-to-a-water-meter/ 2. Autumn planting is better than summer as plants require less water to establish themselves 3. Very good organic manure mulched in late winter will help retain soil moisture in […]

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Treehugger catches US rainwater story

18. February 2011

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One of the best green blogs  is produced by Treehugger which  is the leading US media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. You can always  find  find an interesting story. Like this one about how California is trying to use all the water it has to cope with a growing population and water sources maxed […]

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A drop of water in London

25. August 2010

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http://www.youtube.com/ucltv#p/u/1/4eaIuVqkeT4

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Charles’ Green Garden Party suggests shorter showers

19. August 2010

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Charles’ Green Garden Party suggests shorter showers

                             Prince Charles is using his new green campaign to urge everyone to take shorter showers.   Start, an initiative from the Prince’s Charities Foundation, has published 20 easy ways to go green as part of his 12-day festival of imaginative ways […]

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Rain arrives but not for Spain

13. July 2010

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Rain arrives but not for Spain

The rain finally arrived in the SE of England last night after almost a month of drought. As I sit writing this blog there is a sheet of very heavy rain refreshing all my plants and no doubt bringing sighs of relief from gardeners everywhere. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/7884027/Heatwave-at-an-end-as-rain-arrives.html Heavy rain is great for filling water butts – […]

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

10. July 2010

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

After the driest start to the year since 1929, the North West of England has a temporary hosepipe ban imposed since 6.00 am Friday, 9 July. Only half the average amount of rain has fallen in the North West in the last six months, so even though the area was flooded last year, reservoir levels […]

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Hosepipe bans cloud sizzling temperatures

1. July 2010

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Hosepipe bans cloud sizzling temperatures

The english summer is sizzling with Mediterranean-style temperatures – even my bougainvillea is in full flower which is unusually early. The UK just exeprienced the hottest week so far in 2010 and the good news is that these warm conditions are set to continue.Temperatures today are expected to reach 29c across southern England as Murray […]

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