Category Archives: pesticides in the garden

Turning Off the Tap

 ‘Peak oil’, when global oil supplies begin to enter terminal decline, is a matter of when, not if. So when can we expect a transition away from oil-hungry organic gardening? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, Winter 2008. Just … Continue reading

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Plots for a Future

I’m spending two days a week growing my own food – and being paid to do it. It’s all part of the Home Growing Act. And, by the way, it’s 2027. Read on… By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, … Continue reading

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Intensive Care

As weather patterns shift and water supplies dwindle, can we sustain the container gardening craze in its present form? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, August 2007. Love them or loathe them, there’s something mesmerising about those TV dramas … Continue reading

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Relative Merits

As organic gardeners, we need to challenge attempts to use the growing criticism of organic farming to tarnish our impeccable credentials.  By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, May 2007. Organic gardening has a problem, and it’s called organic farming. … Continue reading

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Make Pesticides History

Increasing attempts to discredit organic growing by chemical-happy spin-doctors point to only one thing: the pesticide manufacturers are well and truly on the back foot. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, March 2007. It’s a safe bet that a … Continue reading

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Organic Gardening: The End?

The right to grow your own food, free from contamination by pesticides or anything else, should be inalienable – but government proposals could undermine any such right. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, October 2006. Organic gardeners who have … Continue reading

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