Category Archives: carbon emissions

Discomfort Zone

Is getting us to leave our ‘comfort zones’ for a hug-in really the best way to cultivate self-reliance and cut carbon emissions? By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, October 2009. My last garden was a thin, narrow strip, typical … Continue reading

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Global Greenhouse

A new greenhouse can unleash your plot’s growing potential, but the altered climate it brings has plenty to teach us about caring for a far larger, shared greenhouse. By John Walker. Published in Kitchen Garden, August 2009. It’s just topped … Continue reading

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How Many Beans in a Butt?

What can you do to stop life-giving supplies of water in distant lands from drying up? Grow your own food, of course. By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, April 2009. Now, here’s a question: how many full … Continue reading

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How Many Apples?

Becoming ‘food secure’ and curtailing climate change by growing our own makes a great sound bite, but where is the evidence to back it up? By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, March 2009. An apple a day … 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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Dead Zone

The environmental case for banishing bedding plants from our gardens has never been stronger. It’s high time we ditched these resource-guzzling, horticultural misfits. By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, December 2008. If you’re a lover of the … Continue reading

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Friends With the Earth?

To cut carbon emissions and help stabilise our climate, gardeners must see gardening as a force for environmental good. We should start by turning lawns into food gardens. By John Walker. Published in The Garden, November 2008. When it comes to … 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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Back Garden Biofuels

The rush to turn food into fuel has triggered riots and unrest worldwide, but by tapping into ‘biofuels’ themselves, gardeners can help avert this potential environmental catastrophe. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, August 2008. It looks like a … Continue reading

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Time For Climate Questions?

I join the audience for a Gardeners’ Question Time recording to pop questions to our top gardening ‘experts’ about carbon footprints, but did I get any answers? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, July 2008. Inspiration is a powerful … Continue reading

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