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World's largest survey of marine parks shows conservation can be greatly improved

World's largest survey of marine parks shows conservation can be greatly improved | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans. But are they working? Now, thanks to a six-year survey involving over one hundred divers, we know…

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Aberlady gas plan anger - East Lothian News

Aberlady gas plan anger - East Lothian News | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
A protest campaign against a plan for an agricultural Anaerobic Digestion plant in East Lothian is gathering momentum.
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5 ways of dealing with pest in lawns

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Typical! Just when you get your lawn looking great for the summer, it gets invaded by ants, moles or creepy crawlies. Here's some timely advice for dealing with lawn raiders.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, September 7, 2015 5:38 AM

Now  that  Autumn  is  approaching  the insects in  your  grass  are  started  to   pupate  into  adults  especially  the  case  with  crane  flys  or  Dirty  long- legs .

And  this   excellent  short  blog  by  q  lawns  gives  you  some  idea  on  how  to  tackle  the  problem.

Off  course, the  main  problem  lies  with  larvae  these  grubs  will  chew  away  at  your   grass  roots  and  virtually   kill  off  the  grass.


When  I'm  accessing  a  client's  lawn  I  look  for  tale-tale  signs  of  excess  bird  activity  especially  rooks  and  starlings   as  they  can  rip  your  lawn  to  pieces  searching  for  the  grubs

Then  knowing  where    what  and  where  the  problem  is  I  start  the  preventive  treatment  as  described  on  this  blog  

Laying  new  turf  is  a  fruitless  task  if  you  haven't  dealt  with  the  problem   -  it  will  just  mean  that  the  grubs  has  something    more  to  eat   

And  the  birds  are  just  giving  you  a  hand  in  their  own  way   so  their  nothing  much  you  can  do  


Problem  with  ants  red  or  black  are  two  fold   

(1)  they  create  ant  mounds  in  the  soil   which  make  the  grass    very  difficult  to  mow  

(2)  they  can  either  give  you  a  nasty  bite in  the  case  of  red  ants  or  squirt  you  with  acid  (  black  ants)

(3)  They  will  attack  you  in  numbers   in  a  swarm  should  their  home  be  disturbed 

There  are  several  organic  remedies  around   one  of  them  I  heard  is  quite  effective  in  CONTROLLING  them  is  cinnamon   for  some  reason  they  will  not  cross  it  

Others  are  old  wives tale  that  has  been  passed  down  through  the  ages  


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The completely awesome health benefits of being around trees

The completely awesome health benefits of being around trees | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
"We like to be out in nature so much because it has no opinion about us." - Friedrich Nietzsche   Is it the extra oxygen? The helpful filtering of countless pounds of CO2 though all those sun-...
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Love them or loathe them - In fact they are older than 160 yrs tells something

Love  them or  loathe  them  -  In  fact  they  are  older  than  160  yrs  tells  something | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
The noble woodlouse is the aristocrat of the animal world

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Love  them  or  Loath  them  

In  fact,  woodlice   have  existed  here  on  these  earth  for  over  160 yrs  just  goes  to  show  us  how  they  survived.

These  little  insects  eat  nothing  but  decaying  wood  hence  their  name  should  tell  us  something  about  our  garden  soils  &  even  more  worrying  about our   homes

As  this  article  here  says  their  tough  exo shell  makes  its  impossible  to  kill.

So  we  have  no  choice  but  to  live  these  tiggyhogs  

For  more  information  on  Pest  control  see  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

 

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Love  them  or  Loath  them  

In  fact,  woodlice   have  existed  here  on  these  earth  for  over  160 yrs  just  goes  to  show  us  how  they  survived.

These  little  insects  eat  nothing  but  decaying  wood  hence  their  name  should  tell  us  something  about  our  garden  soils  &  even  more  worrying  about our   homes

As  this  article  here  says  their  tough  exo shell  makes  its  impossible  to  kill.

So  we  have  no  choice  but  to  live  these  tiggyhogs  

For  more  information  on  Pest  control  see  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

 

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

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How to get rid of greenfly on roses

How to get rid of greenfly on roses | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Ghastly greenfly and their effects on roses can be stressful during summer - read our guide to find out how to control them

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, June 27, 2015 12:27 PM

Since  the  warm weather  is  upon  us  now  is  it's  time  to  treat  your  roses  from  on  coming  pest  like  Black  fly  green  fly  and  aphids. All  are  sap-sucking  insects  that  inject  their  proboscis  into  the  plants stem.

When  I'm  out  on  a  job  with  RS  gardening  Services   -http://www.RSGardenCareServices.co.uk    always  use  the  I.P.M  method  on  my  clients  roses  with  good  results  as  I  mentioned  in  my  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/ ; in  which  i  cover  the  whole  subject  completely   

Though  when   this  article  just  covers  the  simple  way  to  do  it  -  there  is  extensive on  going  research  into  this  subject  like  giving  them  too  dextrose  so  that  can't  ingest any  sap  and  die  of  of  starvation  as  explained  here  "The first is that sap has a very high sugar content, and therefore a very high osmotic pressure” she says. Aphids transform much of the sugar into long chain oligosaccharides to overcome this, otherwise they could lose body water to the gut as they feed. Indeed, treating aphids with an inhibitor of the sucrase enzyme, essential for oligosaccharide production has a dramatic effect: the aphids actually shrivel as they feed, losing body water to the gut. This discovery has applications for pest management - the aphid sucrase enzyme could be a suitable target for specific inhibitors that would abolish its dual role in osmoregulation and carbon nutrition of the aphid." source  http://www.sebiology.org/publications/Bulletin/October05/Plant-aphidinteractions.html ; another  method that  is  pipeline  is  mycrobiology  using  a  bacteria  to  fight  aphids  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905126/ ;

As  you  can  see  a  lot  of  has  happened  since  my  post  a  last  yr  on  roses  

 

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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12 plants that repel unwanted insects

12 plants that repel unwanted insects | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Whether you need extra protection for your garden or your skin, these herbs and flowers can help shoo away pests.
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FREDDY on Twitter

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Earth Pics sur Twitter

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Wild Cherry Trees in Nara, Japan pic.twitter.com/ZrpYGOEbxj
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Willow trees are cost-efficient cleaners of contaminated soil

Willow trees are cost-efficient cleaners of contaminated soil | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Using broad-leaved trees such as willow trees in the phytoremediation of contaminated soils constitutes a cost-efficient method for restoring mining areas and landfills, according to new research.
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Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams : The Poetry Foundation

Danse Russe by  William Carlos Williams  : The Poetry Foundation | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
If I when my wife is sleeping / and the baby and Kathleen / are sleeping / and the sun is a flame-white disc

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Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies - Telegraph.co.uk

Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies - Telegraph.co.uk | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies Telegraph.co.uk The Chelsea Flower Show is hardly teeming with teenagers – at 27, I was the youngest gold-medal winner there for two decades and had to contend with some flirty...
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Cairngorms project up for top RSPB award - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Cairngorms project up for top RSPB award - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald Cairngorms project up for top RSPB award Strathspey and Badenoch Herald Justin Prigmore, Cairngorms Nature Officer explained: "The twinflower may only be small but it is one of Scotland's most charismatic plants and...
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If Frida Kahlo Smoked a Blunt with Sylvia Plath

If Frida Kahlo Smoked a Blunt with Sylvia Plath | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Sylvia Plath once got blazed with Frida Kahlo. This is the setting of Musas, which invites us to be a fly on the wall and listen in on these women's conversations as they smoke, eat, play, and work...

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What is the best way to transplant roses

What is  the  best  way to  transplant roses | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm gives her advice on moving roses during summer

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Believe it  or not  this is  the  most  common  question  I  get  asked  by clients.

And  there is  two  set  of  answers  

(1) I  all  ways  tell  my  clients  there is  a  50  50  chance  that  it  wont  take  if  you  dig  one  up  and  plant  it  else  where. A  disease  called  Rose  transplant  disease -  Which  is  caused  by  the  release  of  chemical  if  the  roots  gets  damage.

Big  Rose  nuseries  have develpoed  a  way  of  lifting  them  out  with  out  harming  the  roots

What us  Amateurs  don't  have  I'm  afraid  

(2)  Container to  ground  should be  Ok  as  long  as  you  dont damage  the  roots  

(3)  Bare roots  plants  should  be  soaked  well  before  hand   to  allow  the  water  to  absorbed  into  the  roots  

More  info  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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Believe it  or not  this is  the  most  common  question  I  get  asked  by clients.

And  there is  two  set  of  answers  

(1) I  all  ways  tell  my  clients  there is  a  50  50  chance  that  it  wont  take  if  you  dig  one  up  and  plant  it  else  where. A  disease  called  Rose  transplant  disease -  Which  is  caused  by  the  release  of  chemical  if  the  roots  gets  damage.

Big  Rose  nuseries  have develpoed  a  way  of  lifting  them  out  with  out  harming  the  roots

What us  Amateurs  don't  have  I'm  afraid  

(2)  Container to  ground  should be  Ok  as  long  as  you  dont damage  the  roots  

(3)  Bare roots  plants  should  be  soaked  well  before  hand   to  allow  the  water  to  absorbed  into  the  roots  

More  info  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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Amazing 3D Sculptures Built By Bees

We all associate bees with the sweetness of honey and all the delicious things we can do with it: however, artists around the world have developed a way to ...
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Best Plants For Summer Fragrance

Best Plants For Summer Fragrance | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Scented Plants In the Summer Garden Most gardeners rate colour as most important thing in the summer garden; that’s why seasonal bedding plants are so popular. They provide the colourful flowers we crave in pots and containers, beds and borders. But what about scent? For me the fragrance of flowers...

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MyGardenSchool's curator insight, July 1, 2015 3:57 AM

Looking for the best plants for summer fragrance? Here are our favourite scented garden plants to help fill your garden with beautiful summer evening scent.

Richard Spencer's curator insight, July 1, 2015 8:53 AM

To  me  there  nothing  like  a  scented  garden  to  bring  your  senses  alive.

Whether  its orangey   smell  of  the  Chiosa  or  the  very  fragment  aroma  of  the  roses  with they  open.  

Here  are  a  couple  of  ideas    to  add  your  flower  beds   

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Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply | Bioneers 2014

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that
have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing.
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Hundreds more plant species in flower after warmest year on record - Telegraph.co.uk

Hundreds more plant species in flower after warmest year on record - Telegraph.co.uk | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland finds an unprecedented 15 per cent of wild plants are in flower during its New Year Plant Hunt
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Grow Things - Flowers

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Wall Gardening With mesh and wiring. Wall gardens are a perfect solution for minimal space like patios and tiny backyards. The living walls offers salad fixings along with creative, eye-catching conversations pieces.
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Rooted in Israel’s history, five remarkable trees

Rooted in Israel’s history, five remarkable trees | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Tales of timber, from the cedars outside the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem, to the 600-year-old oak at the tomb of Rabbi Yosef Abba Halafta in the Galilee

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Pear Babies Are Growing On Trees In China

Pear Babies Are Growing On Trees In China | Earth Gardening | Scoop.it
Babies are growing on trees in China. Little babies with tiny facial features, closed eyes and daintily crossed hands. These are not normal babies though, these are pear babies. That's right. Pears...

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New Scottish renewable facility launched - Energy Voice

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New Scottish renewable facility launched
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Green Highland Renewables Ltd., a UK developer of small hydropower plants, started building a £3million ($5million) facility in northern Scotland.
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