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Question time

May 28, 2013 5 comments

As the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere crosses the symbolic 400 ppm mark, it’s time for gardeners – and those who represent us – to answer to their environmental responsibilities.

Stolen spring

April 23, 2013 3 comments

In the mid-20th century the pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson warned of a ‘silent spring’. Today it’s only our elder gardeners who can remember ‘spring’ at all. 

Toxins without borders

March 22, 2013 10 comments

The insidious effects of neonic insecticides are leaving bees and other beneficial insects with no safe place to go. There’s still hope of rescue – but it will only happen with our help.  Any day now I’ll hear a low… Read More

Added values

February 19, 2013 1 comment

The way we garden reveals a lot about our outlook on the world. It comes down to whether we feel gratitude to planet Earth – or think it owes us.

Climate changes everything

September 18, 2012 0 comments

At the end of an abysmal growing year, only one thing is certain: the familiar rhythms of gardening are gone for good.

Identity Crisis

June 12, 2012 0 comments

When it’s potting and planting time in the greenhouse the very act of labelling every single pot can almost seem to double the workload. But every gardener, well unless they’ve got a memory of a database, needs to keep records… Read More

January 2012

December 20, 2011 0 comments

I dread January; it is often the coldest month of the year, when snow makes its presence felt. If last year, was intent on reminding us that cold winters are not a thing of the past, it worked! (Do double… Read More

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