Can the UK re-introduce pet licences?
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by Jack Wallington
3w ago
There’s something about the partnership with pets that I love, when the animal is put first, as they should be, it can be wonderful for them and the people who look after them. It feels like a relationship with parts of nature that humanity can continue to explore over the coming millennia. But when pets aren’t looked after properly, they can cause problems, such as untrained dogs hurting people, a disrespect for nature where roaming cats aren’t controlled in important wildlife spots or when meadows for horses aren’t managed correctly. In reality, most pet owners will be responsible and aware ..read more
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Will Labour protect nature?
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by Jack Wallington
1M ago
I try not to be party political, I don’t care about archaic football team politics where everyone picks and defends a team, I care about real issues, in particular: equality (which covers things like poverty, healthcare and opportunities) and protecting nature and environment. Get these right and everyone wins. Which is why I’m excited about Labour setting out plans committing to address renewable energy with the publicly owned renewable energy company, Great British Energy. This is a no brainer, energy can and should be renewable by now and it should be back in public ownership – our bills wo ..read more
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19 things at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024
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by Jack Wallington
1M ago
The vibe this year during Chelsea press day was very much relaxed, enjoyable and a sense that Chelsea had a small bit of its mojo back after a couple of post-pandemic years. It was of course helped by a glorious sunny day. Perhaps Chelsea this year felt better because some of the pressure to be perfect is off and expectations parred back. Below I’ve included a few things that caught my eye this year – it’s not exhaustive because I didn’t get a chance to see everything. 1) National Garden Scheme show garden by Tom Stuart-Smith Tom Stuart-Smith is the most awarded designer in the show’s h ..read more
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Allotment plan 2024
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by Jack Wallington
2M ago
This week I finally plucked up the enthusiasm to work out the plan for our allotment in 2024, shown below. I rotate the crops in light green, and I’ve moved some of the perennial stuff at the bottom around. Mainly to move the perennial veg up the slope making it easier to care for, and the cut flower bed – which needs very little attention – down to the end where it’s harder to access. I’ve included past plans below this one. Oh, one extra change is that I’ve added a new horizontal path near the top, this will make it easier to maintain the top half of the plot. This year I want to improve on ..read more
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Five examples of when not to prune
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by Jack Wallington
2M ago
I’ve been watching all of the posts on social media recently instructing us to prune this and prune that. You’d think if you didn’t prune something the world would end! Now, I hold my hands up to being guilty of contributing to this great prunathon with articles on the topic. It is true, that one of the big mistakes us gardeners can make is to not prune shrubs and climbers at the correct time and in the wrong way, which can lead to preventing flowering the next year by cutting off the buds, poor shape, unsightly stumps, disease, a shrub outgrowing its space or becoming congested. Pruning is al ..read more
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Small garden design: consider how you will use your outdoor space
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by Jack Wallington
3M ago
What’s most important to you and your small garden: planting? A place to sit? A place to dine? A place to sunbathe or play sport? No matter the size of garden, the place I always start is with the question: how do you want to use the space? You probably already have some ideas about this, but it’s time to consider this question in much more detail because often, we don’t really know how we’ll really use a space in future when it’s locked in our imagination. Often our imagination is wrong. In a small space you can’t do everything, so what stays and what goes? There are a number of key question ..read more
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How to coppice hazel for bean poles and pea stick supports
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by Jack Wallington
4M ago
Hazel’s true name is Corylus avellana, it’s one of our best known wild trees all across Europe. It’s been closely tied to humans because of its use in building, fencing and thatch. To grow stems that are straight and roughly the same size, our ancient ancestors struck on the woodland craft of coppicing, to cut the stem to the ground encouraging new young shoots to grow. They would have seen this happening naturally when large herbivores broke or ate the plants, causing regrowth. According to the Woodland Trust, coppicing hazel can extend its natural life from 80 years to many hundreds of years ..read more
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How to grow pink oyster mushrooms without plastic
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by Jack Wallington
5M ago
I’ve recently been getting into growing edible mushrooms at home, including the delicious lion’s mane fungi. What strikes me is the large amounts of single use plastic involved for certain mushrooms; home kits come in plastic wrappers; professional kits come in multiple components wrapped in plastic; it’s suggested for sterility to use single use plastic bags. As I’ve actively spent much of my life trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use wherever I can – and I’m not perfect by the way, I can only do what I can – it was disappointing to see the mushroom growing sector not already trying to ..read more
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10 steps to choosing plants like a pro for your garden
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by Jack Wallington
6M ago
If you’re starting to think about new plants for your garden, as I am, my best advice to you is to follow the below steps to selecting plants like a pro. Follow these tips for the best chance of success, reducing disappointment. There are thousands upon thousands of plants available today in the UK and thanks to the internet, we can research them better to find out if they are suitable for our gardens. It’s always tempting to go with what we know or what looks best in the nursery, but I never plant gardens in this way. I will always use data and a bit of desk research when selecting plants. 1 ..read more
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Infected cuts and bites from gardening
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by Jack Wallington
7M ago
WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF AN INFECTED BITE On Tuesday, during a photoshoot for Gardeners’ World magazine, something in our garden bit me, but it was a nothing bite, tiny and I forgot about it. Later in the week, I was down in London to meet my literary agent and I noticed the bite felt itchy on the Thursday evening. I hadn’t slept much the night before due to a house alarm going off all night and I’ve been a bit stressed recently, which meant I was probably more run down than usual. By Friday morning I noticed the bite had inflamed a fair amount, I had my meeting and th ..read more
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