Category Archives: pollution

Kicking the Habit

Oil spills and their impact on our planet’s ecology might seem faraway and remote, but one way of helping prevent them lies closer than you might think. By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, August 2010. Winner of the Garden … Continue reading

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Gardening on the Road

Our growing mania for having ‘one click’ gardens delivered in boxes is adding to the mounting pressures on the increasingly fragile world around us. By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, July 2010. There’s quite a singalong going on outside … Continue reading

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Drinking the Blues

As concern grows over the pollution of drinking water by metaldehyde slug pellets, what role are pellet-happy gardeners playing, and why aren’t our gardening media mentioning it? By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, September 2009. What’s a quick way … Continue reading

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Plastic Tears

Although plastic pollution is looking like an environmental time bomb, we can help defuse it by actually using more plastic in our gardens. By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, February 2009. Should you bump into me while … Continue reading

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We Shop, Planet Drops

Prudent use of natural resources is at the core of gardening organically, so why is the nation’s head gardener urging us to shop? By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, January 2009. It’s time to grab your wallets … Continue reading

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Renewable Gardening

Just how sustainable and climate-friendly your gardening is depends on what kind of sunlight you use to make it happen. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, October 2008. What kind of sunlight are you running your garden on? It … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Back

As climate scientists find a ‘human fingerprint’ in extreme rainfall events, and warn that the past is no longer a guide to the future,  how will organic gardeners fare in an unpredictable climate? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need a Bag…

Amid a media frenzy over excess packaging, garden centres seem oblivious to putting the stops on plastic – and they’re giving us their own waste to dispose of too. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, July 2007.  It was … Continue reading

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Free to Good Garden

It’s time to put the brakes on horticultural consumerism by obtaining all we need in the garden for free. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, June 2007.  A glance at my computer screen reveals the latest clutch of gardening … Continue reading

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Dear President…

In an open letter to the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, I ask if 2007 will be the year that Britain’s leading gardening organisation finally wakes up to the realities of global warming. By John Walker. Published in Organic … Continue reading

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