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Bringsty Common

One man's remarkable journey to gain access rights to his local common

Chris Baker

28th January, 2011

When Tom Fisher applied for commoners' rights to graze a goat and take firewood from his local common in Bringsty, he had little idea it would lead him on an eight-month delve around England's labyrinthine Commons Act more...
Urine

Urine: the ultimate 'organic' fertiliser?

Dorienne Robinson

22nd September, 2010

Your bladder's loss could be your vegetable garden's gain, since urine makes for a surprisingly good fertiliser - so why are we wasting our wee? more...
Goldenberries

Strange fruit: 8 tempting ideas from the orchard to brighten your week

Emma Cooper

14th September, 2010

Oranges, grapes and Granny Smiths are so last year, says Emma Cooper. This autumn, tuck into goji berries, strawberry spinach and wonderberries instead... more...
Sparrow

A wildlife-friendly garden - ponds, baths and natural pest control

Andy Hamilton

20th August, 2010

Making a garden attractive to winged wildlife means more than just leaving out food during the winter months - here are some top tips on gardening beyond veg! more...
Seedlings growing in drought-cracked ground

Growing without water: how to garden in a drought

Andy Hamilton

27th July, 2010

Summer in the garden is beautiful, but hauling gallons of water from the kitchen tap to your beds is neither fun nor sustainable. Here's some tips on how to drought-proof your plot more...

How to garden with kids

Matilda Lee

10th June, 2010

Tips for passing on green fingers, and a taste for vegetables, to your sprogs more...
Tom Hodgkinson

I tried natural gardening. It was a disaster

Tom Hodgkinson

29th May, 2010

Idleness usually sees Tom through most of life's trials. But not gardening. Oh no. Nature took one look and ran amok more...
Seedbomb making

How and why to make seedbombs

Jan Goodey

18th May, 2010

Fun and easy to make, seedbombs can be used to green up hard-to-access urban wasteland or in your garden at home more...

Peat free compost: why to use and which to buy

Andy Hamilton

13th May, 2010

An avid gardener road-tests two brands of peat free compost, and gives you a recipe to make your own more...
Creating a Forest Garden

Creating a Forest Garden: working with nature to grow edible crops

Martin Crawford

27th April, 2010

Excerpts from the new book telling you everything you need to know about this novel way to grow edible crops - where nature does most of the work for you. more...
The Alternative Kitchen Garden

Kitchen gardening: an A to Z

Review by Alex McDonald; book extract by Emma Cooper

15th April, 2010

A is for allotments; B is for brocolli; C is for climate change... and U is for urine. 'The Alternative Kitchen Garden: an A-Z' is a companion for both inexperienced and expert gardeners more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Toughen up: bee disease is nothing new

Tom Hodgkinson

31st March, 2010

There's no great conspiracy around bee deaths - hive diseases have been with us for millennia. No one who keeps livestock should expect an easy ride... more...

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Reclaiming a derelict site to create a community garden

Matilda Lee

23rd March, 2010

The story of how a group of dissatisfied residents pulled together, got funding, and created a blooming community garden where the work, and the rewards, are shared more...
Clover

How to grow a green manure

Andy Hamilton

11th March, 2010

Your soil will love you for it, wildlife thrives in it and weeds are deterred by it. Here is the what, why and how of green manure more...

Getting started in balcony farming

Eifion Rees

9th March, 2010

Strapped for garden space needn't mean being strapped for home-grown veg, as an experienced London balcony gardener reveals more...

Don't buy seeds; swap them

Jan Goodey

4th February, 2010

You can't buy a seed unless its strain has been expensively registered. But you can swap them with fellow gardeners, helping food growing and biodiversity to thrive more...
How to Make Compost

How to Make and Use Compost: The Ultimate Guide

Ed Hamer

25th January, 2010

Drawing from 40 years of composting experience, Nicky Scott's latest book will inspire confidence in beginners and give new techniques to veteran composters more...
Allotments

Private allotment company gets mixed welcome

Ecologist

5th January, 2010

Private enterprise will increase the number of available allotment plots, but they will cost much more than their council subsidised cousins more...
Spring mushrooms

Spring mushrooms show long term effect of climate change

Ecologist

9th December, 2009

Warmer weather and reduced frosts linked to climate change are giving a boost to spring mushroom numbers in the UK and Europe more...
Fleet of shopping trolleys

How to stop a supermarket opening in your area

Kete Eshelby

19th June, 2009

Battling superstore monopolies needn’t be a lone crusade. Kate Eshelby looks at some of the resources available more...
Healthy compost in the palm of a hand

10 resources for better food growing

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Food and farming is in crisis but there is hope for the future - from organics and Slow Food to permaculture and land share schemes more...

CASE STUDY: making local food sexy in Suffolk

Kate Eshelby

3rd November, 2009

How do you turn people on to local food and away from supermarkets? One way is to celebrate it through 'adventures', from wild food barbecues to scrumptious feasts of locally baked foods more...

CASE STUDY: sustainable uses for gluts of autumn apples

Jan Goodey

8th October, 2009

An innovative Lottery-funded 'Scrumping Project' in Brighton and Hove is bringing rare apples back into the community more...

CASE STUDY: turning farmland into allotments

Dorienne Robinson

6th October, 2009

Chyanhall Allotments in Cornwall has provided a successful model for farmers and landowners to generate income while providing a grow-your-own space for the community more...
food co-ops

How to set up your own local food co-op

Stephanie Wallis

10th September, 2009

Food co-ops are a way of buying fresh, locally grown food for less money. Sustain have produced an online resource, 'the Food Co-ops Toolkit', that explains how to start one up more...

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