Garden Organic celebrates 50 years of organic achievement

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Garden Organic. Take ten minutes out of the day to read about their history and sign up as a member. As well as advising organic gardeners, they carry out an extensive programme of research into new organic methods, help people in developing countries to learn about new organic…

CAT garden featured in Guardian

Fans of the Centre for Alternative Technology will be pleased to know that The Guardian is featuring a CAT garden in their Anatomy of a Garden section tomorrow – saturday 26th July. Look out for it in the magazine.

A World Without Bees

If climate change doesn’t get you, the disappearance of the honeybee will – this is the rather gloomy message of Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum’s well researched and engagingly written new book on Colony Collapse Disorder – a honeybee ‘plague’ which has already killed millions of bees worldwide. Some 90 commercial crops owe their continued…

Garden News Article – of mice and slugs

This is the follow up Garden News article about slugs and mice – printed a couple of weeks ago. Garden News is published every Tuesday and my articles appear once a fortnight. The next one will be tomorrow 22nd July. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees. Last week I discovered a…

The Age of Stupid

It.s 10.30 sunday evening and I’ve just come back from seeing the most amazing film: The Age of Stupid. We had a special screening in Machynlleth – the film was only completed a month ago and wont be available on general release until September – but when it is you should all go and see…

Slug wars: Pellets v nematodes

In situations where you can’t get to your land to do a nightly slug pick and you’re only option is some sort of control is it better to use pellets or nematodes? If anyone has done this experiment let us know. Up until a couple of years ago the choice was between chemical slug pellets…

This is quite neat too

If you happen to have a fast flowing river, a spare bike wheel and an enormously long piece of electric cable. I think I’d rather enjoy the stars but it does show how hydro power works at its most basic level and its fun.