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  • A phytochemical in the leaves of Hibiscus mutabilis, commonly called Confederate Rose, offers the possibility of a new treatment to Type 2 diabetics.

  • Falls in UK home ownership correlate strongly with falling numbers who say they ‘have a garden’, and also money spent in garden centres. But renting is no barrier to garden spending in Europe. Why not?… read more

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    Syngenta has petitioned the USA EPA to allow an increased level of a neonicotinoid pesticide in certain crop residues, including sweet corn, alfalfa, barley and wheat. Up to 400 times more. Why? And is that necessarily a Bad Thing?… read more

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    Landcare Australia 2014 awards -the prestigious Bob Hawke Landcare Award went to Colin Seis for his world-recognised ‘multi-species pasture cropping’. It’s great to see our farmers moving on from the early days of just planting trees to agriculture that’s not just sustainable but also restorative.… read more

  • IGF Québec 2015

    BUZZ!!! The International Garden Festival in Québec, Canada hosted at Reford Gardens, has called for proposals for its 2015 season, from designers, artists and architects. And it’s all about the BUZZ.… read more

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    Herbivorous soil nematodes are microscopic parasitic pests that plague agriculture and home vegetable growers alike, infesting soil and destroying plant roots. (Yes, there are good soil nematodes but that’s another story…). Control of soil nematodes is difficult and both man-made and natural chemicals are used, but a new treatment uses good ol’ Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly found in caterpillar sprays, to new effect on nasty nematodes.… read more


    Australian Garden Show Sydney’s ambassadors are having a good time and crowds are ignoring the rain. It’s a good show this year and well worth a visit. Even in gumboots!… read more

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    Australia’s much-loved open gardens not-for-profit, Open Gardens Australia is to close down in 2015 after operating for 27 years. OGA’s Board decision has shocked some, while leaving others nodding their heads sadly, but wisely.… read more

  • Vancouver community gardens that have flourished along a disused rail corridor for more than 10 years have been destroyed by CP Rail, despite the City of Vancouver opposing the clearing and the fight going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.… read more

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  • So what do you think kids should do out in the garden? Comcast has just run this full-page advert in a major USA paper. It’s wrong on so many levels, it’s sickening. Read all about it in this great post by Saxon Holt at Gardening Gone Wild.

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    What do you get when you cross a Brussels sprout with a kale? Meet the Kalettes™ – a new (non-GMO) cross that’s high on both flavour and pretty colours.… read more

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    A gardener in Exmouth, UK was surprised by the identification of the lovely and lush ‘mystery plant’ growing under the bird feeder near her back door. Cannabis!… read more

  • 1655996_259416010892029_2138296082_nHow can you help gardeners struggling through long droughts, where they’ve lost shrubs and even established trees? Enter Green Thumb Express, where city folk can pot-up plants and send them to their drought-stricken country gardening cousins.… read more

  • Adam Woodhams AGSS Welcome garden bower bird

    Adam Woodhams has made a great short vid of some of the gardens in the recent Australian Garden Show Sydney, which shows the gardens in a much more 3-dimensional way than my photos. If you didn’t get to the show, this will give you some great design ideas….… read more

  • Project Subway red onion dress

    What do you get when you cross a red onion with a fashionista? A dress that will bring a tear to your eyes of course.… read more

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    Garden on a Roll’s edible garden template

    GLEE, the huge trade show in Birmingham UK, has announced its new gardening product winners, including a jumbo kneeling pad, tomato grow pack, a pizza-box style pizza oven, patterned gumboots and gloves, super light glazed pots, a new weed cutting tool, and an on-trend insect hotel. But what’s caught my eye is the new Garden on a Roll giftbox, which is cracker of an idea.

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  • Photo Hermann Kaser

    Photo Hermann Kaser

    How gardening helped bring back Rachel Kelly from the brink of suicide is very a moving story. So many people are severely affected by mental illness at some time in their lives and for those of us stalked closely by the ‘black dog’ of depression, gardening can be a great place to become present in your own life, manage small tasks, and start to think again about the future.… read more

  • Sweet basil

    Can you believe we waste about 25% of the world’s calories by not consuming fruit and vegetables before they spoil? What could keep them fresher longer?… read more

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