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Five Vegetable Crops That Slugs And Snails Ignore

Last year marked the start of my journey into growing my own food at home. Sadly, here in the UK, it also marked the wettest year on record – something which exploded the local populations of snails and slugs rendering entire crops ruined in a matter of days. My spinach was decimated. My lettuces vanished. […]

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Growing Cucumbers In The Greenhouse

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On a hot summers day nothing tastes more refreshing than a sweet, juicy cucumber. However despite being an integral part of many salads, it seems that very few people actually try growing cucumbers when compared to other popular salad crops like tomatoes, lettuces or radishes. Growing cucumbers can arguably be a little more troublesome than […]

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Cheap Greenhouses: 7 Top Tips For Saving Money On Greenhouses

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The attraction of cheap greenhouses is easy to understand in that they allow those of us living in temperate areas to grow fruits and vegetables that simply can’t be grown satisfactorily outdoors. Greenhouses allow us to grow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and similar sensitive plants. And even people living in warmer climates can benefit from owning […]

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Growing Mushrooms: A Beginners Guide

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Growing mushrooms can be an incredibly enjoyable and satisfying experience that will allow you to not only produce your own delicious crops in a natural, organic way but furthermore provides access to all sorts of “luxury” mushrooms that either aren’t commonly available or cost as much as a family holiday when you do see them […]

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Free Seeds: How To Grow Your Own Vegetables For Free

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography Growing your own food can not only help you to significantly reduce your carbon footprint and save quite a bit of money each year but can also be great fun. Equally, especially if you’re starting out with an allotment or decent-sized vegetable garden, you’ll probably be needing a surprising number […]

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The Pros And Cons Of Organic Box Schemes

photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos I’m always keen to find new ways to be more eco friendly but I’ve always struggled with the concept of organic box schemes. The premium price tag and the lack of flexibility have always been such a turn off that I’ve never really seriously considered them. Until last week. Reading [easyazon-link asin=”0340954671″]Confessions […]

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7 Practical Steps To Reduce The Food You Throw Away

photo credit: jbloom Depending on which source you listen to we in the Western world throw away between a third and a half of all the food we buy. There are so many reasons why this is shocking. First and foremost it takes considerable resources to produce the food we buy. Some is shipped half […]

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How To Become A Locavore

photo credit: garryknight Locavores are so-called because they appreciate and understand the concept of food miles. Quite simply the further our food has to travel from producer to plate, the more carbon has likely been emitted and so people keen on eco living rightly look for food that has travelled the least distance to get to […]

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6 Reasons Why Food Is Put In Packaging

photo credit: dan taylor Back in the “good old days” people would take a bag or basket to their local store or farm and collect what it was that they needed. These days of course a major concern in terms of food is quite simply how much packaging is used. If you took your weekly […]

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Four Tested Tips For Growing Better Organic Vegetables

photo credit: NomadicLass In today’s factory farming, producers are forced to use a potent cocktail of pesticides and herbicides to keep yields up as high as possible in the hope of turning a profit. But given the choice, most of us would rather these chemicals weren’t used. From pesticide residues on food to the pollution […]

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The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Food

photo credit: lrargerich According to statistics, food the cheapest it has ever been in relative terms. Whereas in the 1950s up to a third of household income was spent on food, now that figure is closer to just 10%. With promotions and “roll back” prices, food continues to get ever cheaper and even the most […]

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4 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Meat Use

photo credit: FotoosVanRobin Increasingly the green community is adopting an anti-meat ethic as environmentalists are realising just how bad eating meat can be for the planet. Whether it’s the inefficiencies inherent in producing meat, the cutting down of the rainforest for cattle, the carbon footprint of transporting lamb from New Zealand or the methane produced […]

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How To Grow Your Own Food Without A Garden

photo credit: abbydonkrafts For many of us green-minded folk, the attraction of growing our own crops is strong. We get to save money, grow organically thus eliminating herbicide and pesticide use, reduce food miles and eat fresh, natural food which can only be good for us. And yet, for all the attraction of growing out […]

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How To Buy Sustainable Fish

photo credit: Tony the Misfit I admit that as a lover of eating fish, I was pretty shocked recently to watch a amazing documentary film called The End Of The Line. Incase you haven’t watched it yourself it is well worth looking up. Here’s a quick, if somewhat depressing, trailer: I admit that the movie […]

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7 Amazingly Good Reasons Start Growing Your Own Food

photo credit: ginnerobot Growing your own food can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. At one end of the scale you could just put aside one small area in your garden in order to grow a few vegetables yourself. At the other end of the scale you could start […]

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Container Crops – How Anyone Can Grow Their Own Food – No Matter Where They Live

photo credit: Frank_BB Most of us are well aware of the problems surrounding “food miles” these days. The fact that your green beans have been flown in from Africa may be enough to make us think twice about purchasing them. Add to this the fact that it can be difficult to know how our food […]

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8 Ways To Reduce Your Eco Footprint When Cooking

photo credit: marfis75 The typical “enemies” of the green movement are things like car driving and old-style electric light bulbs. But while cooking dinner recently I got thinking about how easy it would be to use fewer resources while still preparing delicious, nutritious meals. Here is the list of ideas that I came up with. […]

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