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  • 28 Nov 2013

    Creating a wild flower garden – part 1

    Lazy, nature-loving gardeners take note! Turning part of your garden over to wild flowers is one of the best things you can do for wildlife, looks amazing and, best of all, requires little or no maintenance. I am an all or nothing kind of gardener; one day I’m leaping about in green-fingered glee tending to all my little seedlings, the next I’m looking gloomily out the window at beds overrun with weeds. As I have been told umpteen times, the kind of gardens I pore over in pictures and gaze at in envy over garden walls, require attention – and not just a monthly frenzy of activity. […] more

  • 24 Oct 2013

    The wonders of kale!

    It’s great when you rustle up a delicious meal from cheap and easy ingredients. Kale is one of those ingredients that costs very little but can really enrich a soup, salad, stir fry or stew. Plus this green leafy vegetable from the Brassica family, is packed with vitamins and minerals that will boost your family’s health. It’s also a vegetable that is readily available during the darker months of winter – perfect for fending off cold weather infections. Psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale, Drew Ramsey, has this to say about the wonder vegetable: “Nothing is sexier than a sharp mind atop a lean, healthy body. Few foods are able to deliver this promise like kale. She is the ideal plant in many ways: beautiful, versatile, nourishing, and downright delicious.” […] more

  • 19 Oct 2013

    Celebrate Apple Day

    Perhaps the most well-loved fruit from our isles, apples deserve a day of celebration. What makes Apple Day, which falls annually around the 21st October, such an important occasion is just how much our native apples and the orchards they come from need our support. Apple Day was founded by Common Ground in 1990, with the hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wildlife they support. Events take place across the UK: expect fairs, cookery demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and many hundreds of apple varieties to sample. […] more

  • 24 Sep 2013

    What’s in season: September

    Seasonal eating is not only environmentally sustainable; it also helps the local economy and is kind to your own bank balance too. On top of that, there are heaps of benefits to your health. So, let’s take a look at what’s in season in the UK this month! […] more

  • 15 Sep 2013

    Win a £50 voucher to spend at Fab & Fair

    Free prize draw competition. To celebrate the launch of their new ethical and fair trade store, Fab & Fair are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a £50 Christmas voucher to spend in their lovely online store. Fab & Fair offer a carefully selected range of the very best and award-winning, ethical, fair-trade, eco, green, organic and ‘made in the UK’, cool fashion and gifts. […] more

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