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Get ready for Recycle Week now

Get ready for Recycle Week now! A Week to Remember! Please take a note of the following dates: 12th-18th September 2016. Why do we say that? Well, yes, the kids do go back to school in September but something else important is happening! It is the official Recycle Week 2016. With each year more emphasis […]

Looking after your Green Johanna

Looking after your Green Johanna It is not just you that is feeling the heat this month!  After having bad weather for a few months, it feels like Johanna has not long taken off her winter jacket and this week, she almost requested a pair of shades! For as much as the British weather keeps […]

Gardening the Groans away

Gardening the Groans away All of us, at some point in our life, are expected to have to deal with a bout of depression, illness or trauma. Numerous studies have found however that nature, most likely found in our immediate surroundings such as the garden, can have tremendous positive effects on our thinking, well-being and […]

Black Soldier Flies Helping to Fight the War on Waste

Black Soldier Flies Helping to Fight the War on Waste Far from being considered as a nuisance or pest these flies and their larvae are proving to be very helpful in turning waste into food. They are essential to helping breaking down organic substrates and recycling nutrients back into the ground. The larvae make excellent […]

Reduce your Household Waste and grow Strawberries

Secret to a Stunning Strawberry Crop! One of the keys to growing good strawberries is in the preparation and good soil. The soil should be dug over and weeds removed. Compost and manure should be added. The strawberry plant can then be placed in rows with the crown at soil level, and watered well. Later […]

Red Hot Strawberries!

Red Hot Strawberries! Strawberries have been hotter than the weather this month! With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon for the second time many were celebrating in true style; strawberries and champagne! Strawberries also hit the headlines since Britain left the EU last week but that is another story! The fact remains that our demand for strawberries […]

Singing in the Rain

Although we get a little down with warm wet summers, there is something in every garden that just loves this weather. It thrives in the warm moisture and has the upper hand of even the most proficient gardener. What are we talking about? Yes you guessed it – weeds! If you are not careful the […]

‘Tea Time’ Confusion

When Brits say ‘are you coming for tea?’ Foreign friends are often confused about what this invitation actually means. Is it literally for a cup of tea, or is it a meal? What time do they actually mean, 3 0’clock or after 6 O’clock? It is so confusing. There are even internet forums trying to […]

Did Coffee or Tea come First?

The British are renowned for their love of tea. According to the Telegraph each Brit drinks an average of 876 cups of tea every year. It feels like tea is intrinsically linked to every aspect of our culture. Yet when did tea really become part of our culture? Was it really tea that touched our […]

Swap Mushrooms for Coffee?

Recycling your coffee We are not really suggesting you have to swap coffee for mushrooms…but what if you could enjoy both? (Not necessarily at the same time!) When recycling your coffee grounds you are making the perfect compost for mushroom growing. How amazing is that? A company was started, called “Back to Roots”, thanks to […]