Category Archives: soil

Going With My Guts

It’s time to stop using our heads when wrangling over the pros and cons of growing food organically, and trust more in the visceral. By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, November 2009. The next thousand words or so are … 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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Organics on the Edge

On a visit to Hough Garden, near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, I discover a decorative organic kitchen garden infused with lessons from nature. By John Walker. Published in The Garden, September 2009. Countless cups of tea, careful observation of nature and … 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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Just a Bit of Veg?

Our gardens can tick most of the boxes needed to achieve the much-vaunted ‘low carbon’ life. I explain how my own patch is at the heart of my plan for lighter living. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, September … 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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