Hedgehogs aren't just cute, they're also valuable pest controllers, but in the UK they're not exactly thriving: in the last decade, numbers have dropped 25% and are at an all time low. You could try pinning the blame of farmers - changes in farming practise haven't exactly helped the hedgehogs' cause - but before you do, bear in mind that most hedgehogs live in suburban areas. It's much more likely to be developments in domestic gardening methods that have caused numbers to tumble. So how do we persuade them into our gardens?
When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to houseing hit the skids, but one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening! If fact, while many households starts growing food to be more budget-conscious, some are deciding that vegetables and fruits can be beautiful too. In the extreme, edible landscaping or 'foodscaping' can even mean replacing grass with something edible!
There's nothing the British love more than a good cup of tea. And as the Diamond Jubilee bunting is packed away, an organic tea blender is celebrating a special anniversary of its own. Pukka, a Hindi word for ‘top quality’, eschews chemicals and pesticides, its packaging is made from sustainable wood and printed using vegetable inks. ‘We
Genetic modification was supposed to be the ground-breaking science of the future. Its magic wand would feed the world and make toxic pesticides redundant.
But, in reality, it has dismally failed to live up to the expectations of its cheerleaders.
Interview with Monty Don: Gardens are places where we can connect with the weather, the seasons and the natural rhythms of plants and animals. To be out there and doing something is deeply empowering.
All you need is to put some seeds or plants in the ground and care for them. If you want to deal with pests — such as the lily beetle — without causing any other harm, simply hand-pick them and destroy them.
Organic supermarket milk showed higher levels of nutritionally beneficial fatty acids compared with ‘ordinary’ milk regardless of the time of year or weather conditions. Find out more here: http://goo.gl/Rz1V2
Research by Organic, naturally different found that the average person throws away £165 of discounted food because it’s gone off before they want it. Including a few organic items in your weekly shop rather than wasting money on food you’re simply going to throw away might just be the way forward: http://goo.gl/16yex
As bees are driven away from the countryside due to intensive farming, they’re thriving in the city thanks to a surge in urban bee-keepers. Click here to find out more in the latest instalment of BBC 2’s Natural World.
Latest reasons to love organic:
- becky, its worth paying for!
- alexander, sustainability
- jenny, lack of chemicals and health reasons!
- Lauren Manning, Because it's better for you.
- ellie ashcroft, knowing where your food has come from!
- Cassy, Way forward for our planet
- chris gardner, its pure and simple!
- Jeremy Food, my wife insists on buying local and organic. also, we have an allotment.
- robyn james, less chemicals in my food!
- rebecca freeman, more natural