April 4th, 2017

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THE NO DIG GARDEN – GROWING VEG THE NATURAL WAY

I recently attended a lecture on the ‘no dig’ system of gardening. Held in a modest village hall in Devon the room was packed with gardeners and allotment-holders eager to revolutionise their approach to gardening. Through a side door, a tantalising glimpse of home-made cakes and pots of tea might have tempted the bored or…

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November 16th, 2016

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CONSIDERING GARDEN DESIGN

Here are a few points to think about to start you off: 1 – Should I design my own garden or get in a professional ? I thinks a lot depends on how good a designer you are. It’s true to say that if you have design flair then you might be able to cope…

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November 7th, 2016

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BIOCHAR, FOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT

In previous blogs we looked at the benefit of adding biochar to the soil in order to improve it. Good soil makes healthy plants with good immunity to weather extremes, pest attacks and disease. Nature has been producing biochar since plant material existed. It is found in what was once some of the world’s richest…

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October 21st, 2016

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BIOCHAR AND THE SOIL

The secret of an ancient civilization that once thrived along the Amazon lay in their ability to transform the poor soils of the region into a magical substance known as the terra preta, or black earth. However much gold the Spaniards came away with, they missed this, the real treasure of El Dorado. Civilisations may…

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May 17th, 2016

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THE DISCOVERY OF BIOCHAR

From Henry Brighouse our sustainable blog writer – In the film ‘The Martian’, an astronaut (Matt Damon), stranded on Mars has to stay alive until another space mission from Earth can rescue him. His only option is to create soil, a biological medium in which he can grow food. All he has at his disposal…

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