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.
With hosepipe bans now in place in many areas, we all need to start tapping into a more joined-up kind of gardening.
High-tech sunshine harvesting is all very well if you can afford it, but there’s an easier and more earth-friendly way of turning sunlight into energy right outside your back door.
Letting the GM genie out of its biotech bottle hasn’t just changed day-to-day life on our allotments, it’s now taking over control of life itself. They’ll be here soon. The moment – preceded by a warning bleep – that the clinical, electronic voice announced, “Patent violation detected. Please submit immediately to your BeyondNature crop analyst […]
In a garden near you there’s a greenhouse looking for love – and giving it a new home would make your ‘gardening footprint’ a few sizes smaller. “Will you stop peeping?” Joining me for a walk at this time of year sooner or later drives my companions to utter this corrective phrase (or something blunter) as […]
There’s a hands-on horticultural way to mitigate climate change – but it will only make a real difference if our gardens aren’t also part of the problem.
Going peat-free is essential in an earth-friendly garden, but there’s more: the compost you use needs to be a truly renewable fuel. Coaxing a steep, bracken-riddled bank of acidic, nutrient-poor soil into a structured, productive garden might sound challenging enough. But imagine setting out to do it in a deliberate, thoughtful way where your guiding […]