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How to…build a raised flowerbed

How to… build a raised flowerbed

Priyanka Mogul and Bethany Hubbard

2nd March, 2012

Whether it’s poor soil or limited space, a raised bed could be the solution to your gardening woes. And with National gardening week approaching there's no better time than now more...
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Greeks reclaim the land to ease the pain of economic austerity

Beatrice Yannacopoulou

10th January, 2012

A group of community-minded gardeners have turned a former Athens airport into a blooming vegetable plot, showing how Greece's eroded soil holds the keys to a revival in farming and a way to buck the jobless trend more...
How to Make and Use Compost - The Ultimate Guide

How to Make and Use Compost - The Ultimate Guide

Mark Newton

1st December, 2011

Packed with useful advice, Nicky Scott’s ultimate guide to compost is essential reading for professional and amateur gardeners alike, says Mark Newton more...
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The beginner’s guide to making your own compost

Hannah Corr

14th October, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, composting is simple. What’s more, it’s also eco-friendly, cheap and utterly addictive. Hannah Corr shows you how to get started more...
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The mission to build a toilet that utilises human poo

Paul Miles

11th August, 2011

The Gates Foundation has just announced a $42 million project over several years to develop a toilet that doesn't need water, mains power or sewerage and that will cost next to nothing more...
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Top 10…cheap ways to green your home

Sella Oneko

29th April, 2011

Greening your home doesn’t have to bust the budget. Sella Oneko rounds up 10 inexpensive ways to make your home a more eco-friendly place 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...

How to campaign for less waste and more recycling

George Wigmore & Matilda Lee

6th July, 2010

From plastic bag-free towns to refashioned clothes and bus fleets run on chip fat, here's a guide to what you can do to tackle waste in your community more...
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Malawi reaps the reward of returning to age-old, chemical-free farming

Molly Stevenson

22nd June, 2010

Returning to age-old, chemical-free farming techniques is improving crop harvest for Malawian farmers 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...

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...
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...

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Worms

Worm power II: worm composting through the winter

Eifion Rees

19th January, 2010

The tale of the homemade wormery in a second-floor-flat continues... The worms are thriving, multiplying in numbers. Just don't ask about the flies... more...
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Worm power: turning kitchen waste into compost gold

Eifion Rees

27th October, 2009

A compost pile in a second-floor flat may not be a practical solution to dealing with your food waste, but if you don't have a garden, a homemade wormery might just be the ticket more...
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Urban Composting

The Ecologist

1st February, 2005

Imagine you could turn 30 per cent of your household waste, at no cost, into high-quality compost for your plants, while also reducing toxic emissions from incinerator plants...
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The Poetry of Compost

Paul Kingsnorth

27th May, 2009

Your compost heap can be an untapped powerhouse of energy, says Paul Kingsnorth - it's just a matter of learning to harness it more...
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Ask Leo: what is the greenest alternative to compost containing peat?

Leo Hickman

16th April, 2009

I know that I should avoid compost containing peat, but what is the most environmentally friendly alternative that I can buy?
R Townsend, by email
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Composting under fire

Anne Barr

28th March, 2009

Next time you grumble that it's too much effort to seperate you plastic from your cans, imagine doing it as the bullets are flying over head more...
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Such a waste

News

16th March, 2007

One third of the contents of an average British fridge ends up in landfill, a new report from the government's waste and recycling body, Wrap (The Waste and Resources Action Programme), is expected to reveal. more...
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59 per cent and counting...

George Pilkington

1st February, 2006

Biodegradeable Waste (BDW), ‘plants and animals’, comprises an amazing 59 per cent of your household waste. Do you simply throw yours in the bin? If so you... more...

Worm composting

Ecologist

27th January, 2006

Worm composting is fun and easy. George Pilkington offers some advice and encouragement for those wishing to take it up. more...
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Water-saving toilets

Emay Walker

1st April, 2005

A staggering 30-40 per cent of the water we use in our homes is for flushing the loo. That works out at two baths worth of water per day for the average family. Yet by taking a few simple steps or swapping your old toilet for an ‘eco-loo’, you can minimise your water usage, and save money too.
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Global Worming

Janis Crawford

1st April, 2003

Why do we dispose of organic waste in landfill sites? Shouldn’t we – individuals, councils and businesses – all be using worms to compost it? By Janis Crawford. more...

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