Category Archives: allotments

Gardening’s Last Stand

Allotments are a vital, living part of our gardening heritage – and when they are threatened, it’s time to draw a line. By John Walker. Published on the Hartley Botanic website, 28th January 2013 I’m an emotional kind of gardener. … Continue reading

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The Eco Warrior Within

“You may consider yourself just a smallholder, but are you really a ‘quiet but potent eco-warrior’? It’s possible. John Walker, author of How to Create an Eco Garden: The Practical Guide to Greener, Planet-friendly Gardening, sees smallholders as occupying a … Continue reading

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Cheat Your Wheelie Bin

Much of what goes into our ‘wheelie’ bins can be transformed into food for your soil. In this 3-page article republished courtesy of Grow It! magazine (March 2013), I explain how you can cheat on both your bin and your local landfill … Continue reading

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Crowd Cultivation

What do you get when you cross crowd funding with plant breeding? At the Sárvári Research Trust, it’s the chance for ordinary gardeners to have a stake in the future. By John Walker. Published on the Hartley Botanic website, 20th … Continue reading

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Resistance is Fertile: How Gardeners Can Help Wave Goodbye to Potato Blight

This summer’s record outbreak of late blight in potatoes has helped shine a light on a quiet but powerful revolution in potato breeding, which aims to banish the disease from our gardens. This is a resistance movement which all gardeners … Continue reading

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Gardening’s Own Goal

Found in some lawn weedkillers, the chemical clopyralid is a ticking time bomb – but we could defuse it right now if we learnt from past mistakes. By John Walker. Published on the Hartley Botanic website, 28th August 2012. Winner … Continue reading

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Find Out About Garden Food Growing With Frodsham Transition Initiative on Saturday 8th September 2012

On Saturday 8th September 2012, I’ll be offering advice and ideas on how to grow more food in your garden as part of Frodsham Transition Initiative’s free ‘drop-in’ event which is being held at Frodsham Community Centre, from 1-5pm. This … Continue reading

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Friday 3rd August 2012: All Welcome at Sarvari Research Trust Open Day – Breeders of The Blight-Resistant Sárpo Potatoes

This year is proving to be ideal for the spread of ‘late blight’ (Phytophthora infestans) on both potatoes and tomatoes. Come and hear how the Sárvári Research Trust is collaborating with Bangor University and Pro-Veg Seeds Ltd to combat this disease. Morning … Continue reading

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Forget FITs – Roll Out Some Gardening GITs!

High-tech sunshine harvesting is all very well if you can afford it, but there’s an easier and more earth-friendly way to turn sunlight into energy that’s right outside your back door. By John Walker. Published on the Hartley Botanic website, … Continue reading

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Modified New World

Letting the GM genie out of its biotech bottle hasn’t just changed day-to-day life on our allotments, it’s itching to take over control of life itself. By John Walker. Published on the Hartley Botanic website, 15th February 2012. They’ll be … Continue reading

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