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Selina Botham |
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

Incorporating wildlife friendly areas into our gardens is very important. Bees, bugs and butterflies all help in the pollination process, as well creating balanced ecosystems. Even larger wildlife have a place in the ecosystems, helping control pests and...

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Maddy Harland |
Monday, 30th June 2014

The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed...

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Aranya |
Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Mobile phones and tablets have rapidly become part of our daily lives and most of us now carry them almost everywhere we go. Nearly three quarters of us in the UK now own a smartphone1 and over two thirds in the US,2 and these can do so much...

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Glennie Kindred |
Wednesday, 25th June 2014

With the rich abundance of plants and herbs coming into flower, this is the main time for cutting and drying them for future use.

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Maddy Harland |
Monday, 16th June 2014

We grow bamboo. The idea mainly is to eat it. It needs to be cut when it is about 60cm (2 ft) high. If you leave it longer it is too fibrous so you need to pick the shoots young, peel them and steam them. They are very sweet and delicious. Inevitably my bamboo...

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Ben Law |
Thursday, 12th June 2014

The warm start to this year has been good for butterflies and the woods have been busy with regular sightings of Brimstones, Peacocks and Orange Tips. One butterfly that appears from late April through May (dependent on weather conditions) is the Pearl-bordered...

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Steven Golemboski-Byrne |
Tuesday, 10th June 2014

One of the most loved spots on the farm is our fire pit, but given our Northern Irish climate, there aren't a huge number of days when people can sit around the fire. We really needed a space where visitors could sit out of the rain.

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Chris Hope |
Wednesday, 28th May 2014

With May comes may-flowers! The delightful hawthorns, in full flower now up and down Britain, are arguably one of the 'must-have' multi purpose plants for temperate zone permaculture plots.