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Sep 282017
 

Photo by Ferelise and Alan Bonollo

Why bother with garden edging? Why not just let plants grow up to the edges of lawn (if you have it) or of paths? Unfortunately, soil and mulch migrate from garden beds because of rain or birds which love to scratch in it. And some plants send their roots further than the bed and, conversely, some lawn grasses will enter your garden beds. Some sort of edging is necessary if you want raised beds.

There are many forms of edging commercially available, but they differ significantly in their sustainability. However, natural or recycled materials make excellent edging and can add uniqueness to your garden as well as minimising manufacturing impacts and waste going to landfill. Continue reading »

Jan 312017
 

As sustainable gardeners we are probably relying quite a bit on commercially sourced compost, manures and mulch to help promote healthy plant growth. But do these products reliably do that? Over the last decade or so there have been problems worldwide with contamination with substances that harm seeds and plants that we want to grow and eat. Continue reading »

Nov 272016
 

In order to walk around your garden, or to have open spaces for table and chairs, you might be seeking to install a surface that is firm, attractive and needs little care. Or you may want something with similar characteristics to use as a mulch alternative. There are many suitable materials available from garden centres. But how do the different products stack up with respect to their sustainability? There are many factors to consider in addition to their appearance. Continue reading »

Sep 292016
 

produce
If you are reading this your food supply is probably currently quite secure.  Even if you don’t grow much of your own food, the fact that you have email, a computer, time to garden and probably the money to buy seeds and other gardening requirements means that you are not worrying about feeding yourself or your family. However, this is not the case for an increasing number of people. On the other hand, it is being realized that we all need to think about increasing our food security. What can gardeners do to improve the situation? Continue reading »

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