Category Archives: food & kitchen gardening

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

Posted in carbon emissions, carbon footprint, climate change & global warming, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, environment, food & kitchen gardening, fossil fuels, garden compost & composting, green gardening, nature & the natural world, organic gardening, published articles, renewable gardening | Leave a comment

Waste of Space

As new research describes areas of the UK as ‘food deserts’, it’s time to pull down the garden fence and turn unproductive, resource-hungry urban ‘green spaces’ into edible havens. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, March 2008. This is … Continue reading

Posted in allotments, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, energy use, environment, food & kitchen gardening, green gardening, organic gardening, politics, published articles, resilience, transition | Leave a comment

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

Posted in allotments, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, climate change & global warming, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, environment, food & kitchen gardening, food miles, fossil fuels, garden compost & composting, open gardens, organic gardening, pesticides in the garden, politics, published articles, resilience, transition | Leave a comment

The Fight Against Blight

I report from the potato blight front-line, and ask whether the remarkable ‘Sárpo’ varieties might soon be the only spuds worth growing. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, December 2007. Is there a rather unpleasant whiff coming from your … Continue reading

Posted in allotments, blight-resistant 'sárpo' potatoes, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, environment, food & kitchen gardening, green gardening, organic gardening, published articles | 6 Comments

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

Posted in allotments, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, climate change & global warming, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, energy use, environment, food & kitchen gardening, gardening footprint, nature & the natural world, organic gardening, pollution, published articles | Leave a comment

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

Posted in allotments, carbon footprint, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, environment, food & kitchen gardening, food miles, fossil fuels, garden compost & composting, gardening footprint, good life, green gardening, nature & the natural world, organic gardening, published articles, resilience, soil, vegan-organic gardening | Leave a comment

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

Posted in climate- & earth-friendly gardening, energy use, environment, food & kitchen gardening, food miles, fossil fuels, green gardening, media, nature & the natural world, organic gardening, packaging, pesticides in the garden, plastic, published articles | Leave a comment

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

Posted in eco gardening, environment, ethics, food & kitchen gardening, garden centres & gardening industry, genetically modified (GM) crops, glyphosate, greenwash, media, nature & the natural world, organic gardening, peat & peat-free compost, pesticides in the garden, politics, pollution, published articles, tv gardening & celebrities | 1 Comment

Time To Power Down?

As concern over Western ‘energy obesity’ moves up the agenda, can we really afford, financially or morally, to continue switching on our propagators and greenhouse heaters? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, January 2007. Winner of the Garden Media … Continue reading

Posted in allotments, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, climate change & global warming, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, eco gardening, ecological sustainability, energy use, environment, ethics, food & kitchen gardening, fossil fuels, garden centres & gardening industry, green gardening, organic gardening, published articles, renewable gardening | Leave a comment

Growing Louder

With low-energy light bulbs and loft insulation dominating media headlines, the part that gardens and gardeners can play in the widening environmental debate is being overlooked. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening magazine, July 2006 The next thousand words or … Continue reading

Posted in allotments, climate change & global warming, climate- & earth-friendly gardening, eco gardening, ecological sustainability, energy use, environment, food & kitchen gardening, food miles, fossil fuels, garden compost, green gardening, media, nature & the natural world, open gardens, organic gardening, published articles | Leave a comment