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.
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 buzz and a dull bumping on the glass out in my greenhouse. That’s my cue […]
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.
Allotments are a vital, living part of our gardening heritage – and when they are threatened, it’s time to draw a line.
A sun-soaked holiday taking in some of the world’s most beautiful gardens is a lovely idea, given the growing year we’ve had – but only until you join up your thinking. I have waited long enough. I had hoped, given time, that some celebrated gardener would, during some queasy moment on deck, look out across […]
What do you get when you cross crowd funding with plant breeding? At the Sárvári Research Trust, it’s the chance for ordinary gardeners to have a stake in the future.
We’re told that whether or not to use garden chemicals is a personal choice. That may be so, but it needs to be an informed choice – and we’re not being told the whole story.
At the end of an abysmal growing year, only one thing is certain: the familiar rhythms of gardening are gone for good.
Clopyralid weedkiller is a ticking time bomb – but we could defuse it right now if we learnt from past mistakes.
It’s time to take cover: after another grey, sodden summer, the future for serious food growers looks a lot brighter under glass or plastic.
There’s no need to buy solutions to pest problems that nature can solve for us. The only real problem is how to sell this idea.
Make do and mend, learn to do without, pull your socks up and get stuck in: it’s time to cultivate some old-fashioned values in the garden.