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Andrew Collins |
Tuesday, 10th May 2011
Controlling temperature swings in small garden greenhouses is notoriously difficult. Greenhouses are liable to overheating in full sun and, of course, most will do little to keep out a hard frost. Among those who are not keen on using electric or gas heaters in greenhouses there has been a resurgence of interest in 'solar greenhouses' using... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Friday, 6th May 2011
I'm sure many are familiar with this scenario: you're driving along in the countryside and you're suddenly hit with the overwhelming stench of manure from a farm. A dilemma ensues do you A) wind up your window to stop any more of the smell entering the car thus trapping the low level smell that's already made it in; or do you B) keep the window... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 4th May 2011
Wood Jewel knives are crafted in Finnish Lapland in the arctic circle. They are made in the tradition style of the nomadic Sámi reindeer herders who live there, and have flat ground, high carbon steel blades, hardened to Rockwell 59 with handles of curly birch and reindeer antler. The Wood Jewel Combo Leuku Wilderness Knife consists of two knives... more
 
Emma Cooper |
Wednesday, 27th April 2011
If you want to pick a fight with a gardener, either tell them you follow a No Dig regime, or that you don't think they should be using peat. One or the other is almost guaranteed to get them revved up for a fight. I don't dig and I don't use peat, so I often find myself on one side of a debate, but the question of whether we should be using peat... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 27th April 2011
We have three traditional pear trees in our forest garden but only one stands out, Merton's Pride. Flowering after the Asian Pear and the Cherry Plum as Springtime become firmly established, its blossom is incomparably delicate and is a riot of bees. One year I was so taken by the vigour and beauty of the tree's blossom that I made a flower remedy... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Thursday, 21st April 2011
"I'd been walking for a good hour across moors... still nothing. The only sounds were the wind swirling around the gorse, the crack of the heather under my feet and a lone skylark calling from on high. Still I kept scanning the landscape – then, without warning, two bouldered over my head – wheeling and diving; with flick flacks and barrel rolls... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 20th April 2011
'Save water, bath with a friend!' With the current lack of rain it may well be time to revive this well known 60's slogan. Certainly if the weather carries on being as dry as it is we will all need to save our bath, shower and other grey water for our gardens. My friends round the corner had another idea and re-plumbed their bath and shower... more
 
James F. Wakeham |
Tuesday, 19th April 2011
The tragedy of the global commons is accelerating; carbon emissions from industrial pollution contaminate the land sea and air as the spectre of climate change looms on the horizon. Earth Day on April 22 is approaching, and the Greenpeace campaign machine has selected a target. Is it oil spills? Nuclear power? Rainforests? Well... the carbon... more
 
Paul Stamets |
Saturday, 16th April 2011
 Many people have written me and asked more or less the same question: "What would you do to help heal the Japanese landscape around the failing nuclear reactors?" The enormity and unprecedented nature of this combined natural and human-made disaster will require a massive and completely novel approach to management and remediation. And with this... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 6th April 2011
I worry about planting extotic sounding fruit trees in the forest garden. Our chalky soil and variable English climate has put paid to early experiments with freestanding peach, nectarine, and almonds which were billed by nurseries to be hardy for the south of England. With nearly 80 fruit and nut trees we cannot nurse the delicate and... more
 

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