Indie Ecology: Former chef turns food waste farmer, helping London restaurants to be more eco-friendly

Indie Ecology is helping the restaurant industry to be more eco-friendly, using a natural and pesticide-free process to produce compost. The food waste farming initiative offers London’s top chefs the opportunity to work with the latest soil technologies and eco-tech solutions to deliver what their kitchens need, and their own fully-managed food chain that they control from seed to plate. Indie Ecology was set up … Continue reading Indie Ecology: Former chef turns food waste farmer, helping London restaurants to be more eco-friendly

Climate Victory Gardens: Green America urge people to grow gardens to combat climate change

Green America is urging people in the US to use their gardens as a force for change, to combat climate change, by planting “Climate Victory Gardens”. Victory Gardens were originally planted during World War I and II in the US, as part of the nation’s efforts to feed their communities at home and support troops overseas. By 1944, nearly 20 million victory gardens produced 8 million tons … Continue reading Climate Victory Gardens: Green America urge people to grow gardens to combat climate change

Garden aboard a barge, The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden, opens for Chelsea Fringe

The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden – a floating oasis of wildflowers and grasses housed on a barge in London’s Maida Vale – will be open to visitors until 27 May. The Floating Meadow is decked with a lively and vivacious display of seasonal plants. Built with an elegant frameless structure, the installation offers a perfect opportunity to observe the Chelsea Fringe festival of flowers, gardens and gardening along … Continue reading Garden aboard a barge, The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden, opens for Chelsea Fringe

How to prepare Soil for a Vegetable Garden — ecogreenlove

The greatest factor that will affect the overall outcome of your gardening is the quality and condition of your soil. Every gardener knows that the foundation of great produce all boils down to a well-tended and prepared soil. From the use of fertilizers, a tiller or cultivator, adding compost, and determining the most feasible gardening bed option, all of these would add up to create … Continue reading How to prepare Soil for a Vegetable Garden — ecogreenlove

Grounded Ecotherapy: Therapy through horticulture creating thriving green spaces in London

Grounded Ecotherapy is creating thriving green spaces in London from neglected urban environments, with horticultural work carried out by a group of volunteers who have experienced homelessness, addiction and mental health problems. Part of Providence Row Housing Association – an organisation that helps those recovering from addiction or who have experienced homelessness – the project offers training and support while at the same time, improving public … Continue reading Grounded Ecotherapy: Therapy through horticulture creating thriving green spaces in London

Kew Gardens reopens world’s largest glasshouse to visitors after 5-year restoration

London’s Kew Gardens reopens its famed Temperate House – home 10,000 plants from of temperate climates around the world – today after a five-year restoration. More than 69,000 items have been cleaned and replaced in the vast Grade I-listed building, billed as the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and home to some of the rarest plants from the world’s temperate regions. Wildlife champion Sir David Attenborough officially opened the … Continue reading Kew Gardens reopens world’s largest glasshouse to visitors after 5-year restoration

Embracing nature for National Gardening Week

Today kickstarts National Gardening Week in the UK. Whether you are a novice or veteran green fingered-one, National Gardening Week is a great time to get involved in the garden. There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family to get into the spirit of National Gardening Week, from growing tomatoes on your windowsill to sprucing up your driveway. Events and … Continue reading Embracing nature for National Gardening Week

GrowBox: Enabling Cape Town dwellers in cramped living conditions to grow their own food

A humble wooden, portable box – otherwise known as GrowBox – is enabling people living in cramped housing conditions in South Africa to grow their own food. The Cape Town-based initiative was set up by mother of four, Renshia Manuel as a solution to the difficulties of growing food in a cramped back yard. GrowBox aims to take basic food nutrition to the people who need it … Continue reading GrowBox: Enabling Cape Town dwellers in cramped living conditions to grow their own food

Kokedama: Create a hanging garden in your home with Japanese ornamental plants

Kokedama is a moss ball on which an ornamental plant grows. These traditional Japanese hanging arrangements make beautiful additions to any households, given that they work best as indoor plants. A style of Japanese bonsai, Kokedama is made by taking a plant out of its pot and placing into a ball of soil held together with a unique soil mixture, moss and string. Traditionally the centuries-old … Continue reading Kokedama: Create a hanging garden in your home with Japanese ornamental plants

The importance of healthy soil to healthy food production

Soil plays a vital role in the planet’s functioning and is the basis for sustenance for the planet’s inhabitants. It preserves clean water and helps regulate the climate, and healthy soil is essential to ensure a steady supply of food and biodiversity. Soils are the basis for agriculture and the medium in which nearly all food-producing plants grow. Healthy soils produce healthy crops that in turn … Continue reading The importance of healthy soil to healthy food production