Category Archives: Gardening

New hope swells

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. It has been reported that that this September has shown the highest temperatures recorded globally since 1880, … Continue reading

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Keeping gardens healthy

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Of all the questions I am asked on the subject of home food gardens the majority are … Continue reading

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Take care of the future (The principle of care)

This is my 34th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.     One of the great concerns of organic farming has been the proliferation of genetically modified crops. Companies such as Monsanto have been aggressively marketing these crops … Continue reading

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Unlocking secrets of the soil… (The Principle of Ecology)

This is my 33rd article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The second principle of Organic farming is that of ecology. This means that Organic farmers must base our method on living ecological systems and cycles. We must work … Continue reading

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Nature and nurture

This is my 28th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.   A couple of years back I planted a few heirloom Brandywine tomatoes. Growing them in our climate was not easy. The humidity encouraged blight and my tomatoes … Continue reading

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New study confirms superiority of organic over conventional tomatoes.

This paper from Brazil has confirmed that organic tomatoes are better. The study found that vitamin C levels were 50% higher in organic tomatoes and that phenols were up to 139% higher. Phenols are thought to be significant in halting … Continue reading

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More wild flowers of Broadleaze

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Wild flowers of Broadleaze

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The bread of life

This is my 21th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The father of organic farming, Sir Albert Howard, maintained that the single most important factor to maintain the health of the soil is compost. A healthy soil results … Continue reading

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Dionysian orgy of chilli mania

 This is my 20th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. Farming is a serous business. Bills and wages have to be paid and one cannot take ones eye off the ball for a moment, otherwise things will go … Continue reading

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