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Tea grown in Cornwall to be sold in Waitrose

While tea is normally imported from the other side of the world, the 100-acre Tregothnan Estate near Truro, Cornwall has been growing tea since 2000 and now it is to supply Waitrose supermarket<p>Tea leaves grown in England will be available for the first time in British supermarkets.<p>The 100-acre …

Outbuilding of the Week: Rethinking the Pre-Fab Utility Shed

At first glance, we thought that this meticulously detailed and carefully crafted building standing alone on a hill in the landscape might be a …

Architecture

Should Community Gardens be Organic-Only? What about Pesticide-Free?

As I recently mentioned here, the community gardeners in my town are fighting – with the treehuggers who don’t want the shade-producing trees nearby …

The best seeds to order in 2014

Here are some tempting seed ideas from the best nurseries and catalogues<p>During autumn and winter, the seed companies’ catalogues flutter through the letterbox, and it’s one of the new year’s pleasures to leaf through them and dream of next season’s goodies. I admit, I usually order the same …

Ask the Expert: Garden Friendly De-Icing Techniques

Though I’m not one to complain about a beautiful snow fall, I’ll concede that the slippery mess that a blizzard leaves behind can make for a …

Plant fruit trees to make your garden complete

Fruit trees, with the right training, can bring a sense of structure into small spaces as well as a delicious harvest, says Mark Diacono<p>The room where I write looks out over the perennial garden, the veg patch and the fruit cage. In the rare moments that the view hasn’t been obscured by driving …

Gardens: the final winter cut

I have just been out into the wet to look over the pruning in the studio garden. The spring-flowering clematis already have their buds visible, reminding me that I need to make way for a blackbird that has returned each year to nest in the evergreen jasmine. Once she is here, busily nest-building, …

Tag: Garden Visits

A Garden Worth the Wait: Heckfield Place in Hampshire, England<p>by Nell Card<p>Wild Child: An Intoxicating English Garden at Tattenhall Hall<p>by Clare …

Landscaping

How to make your own seed compost

Buying seed compost can be expensive, but what about making your own? Thrifty gardener Kim Stoddart finds out how<p>Thanks to my local seed swap, bartering pals and my fellow seed-saving editor, Jane; I now have a fine bounty of "plantables" ready and raring to grow for the gardening season ahead. The …

Ask the Expert: 10 Tips for a Zero Waste Garden

My neighbor Bea has persuaded her family (including her husband, Scott, her two sons and a tiny dog) to live with less stuff than the average …

5 Favorites: Stylish Rain Barrels

A drought in California has us carefully considering the ways that we’re planning to approach our gardening this spring and summer. In addition to …

Fewer Soldiers, More Robots: Pentagon Budgets For The Future

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has proposed the smallest United States military since 1940. It's also the most technologically advanced.<p>The last time the U.S. Army was smaller than 450,000 troops, it was 1940 and the United States had yet to join World War II. Announced yesterday, Secretary of …

Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.<p>Using your smartphone at night might not be the smartest plan. A pair of studies found that people who used the devices after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged at work the next day, even when compared to people who looked …

APOD: Aurora over New Zealand (2014 Feb 26) Image Credit & Copyright: David Weir (Earth and Sky Ltd.) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140226.html Explanation: Sometimes the more you look at an image, the more you see. Such may be the case for this beautiful nighttime panorama taken last week in New Zealand. Visible right off, on the far left, are common clouds, slightly altered by the digital fusion of combining 11 separate 20-second exposures. More striking, perhaps, is the broad pink aurora that dominates the right part of the image, a less common auroral color that is likely tinted by excited oxygen atoms high in Earth's atmosphere. Keep looking and you might notice a bright light just beyond the mountain on the left. That is the rising Moon -- and an even closer look will reveal faint crepuscular rays emanating from it. Musing over the image center may cause you to notice the central band of the Milky Way Galaxy which here appears to divide, almost vertically, the left clouds from the right aurora. Inspecting the upper right of the image reveals a fuzzy patch, high in the sky, that is the Small Magellanic Cloud. Numerous stars discretely populate the distant background. Back on Earth, the image foreground features two domes of the Mt. John University Observatory and a camera tripod looking to capture much of this scene over a serene Lake Tekapo. http://earthandskynz.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140226 #APOD

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Labour women candidates expected to be elected in record numbers

The Labour party is on track for record numbers of women to win seats in Westminster and Brussels in forthcoming elections, party data shows. The findings will put more pressure on Conservatives after MP Anne McIntosh was deselected by her local association this month and announcements from three …