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In defence of wasps: why squashing them comes with a sting in the tale

In defence of wasps: why squashing them comes with a sting in the tale | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
They are one of the most unwelcome signs of summer. Buzzing through beer gardens, attacking innocent picnics, wasps arrive ominously with a sting in their tails. Universally disliked, they are swatted, trapped and cursed. But would a wasp-free world really be a better place?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 9:33 AM
Wasp defenses?
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Plants may form memories using mad cow disease proteins

Plants may form memories using mad cow disease proteins | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Prion proteins are infamous for their role in mad cow disease, but they also help yeasts form memories. They have now been discovered in plants
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Woodman, spare that tree

Woodman, spare that tree | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Kendal, Cumbria It’s illegal to fell a tree containing active nests, but the responsibility for surveying lies with the owner or the tree surgeon
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Everything you need to know about growing annuals

Everything you need to know about growing annuals | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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How to grow kale to eat

How to grow kale to eat | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
I have been growing cavolo nero (black kale) at Padstow Kitchen Garden for eight years and have noticed a huge increase in demand from the restaurants and shops I supply.
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Organic gardening: What to do when slugs attack

Organic gardening: What to do when slugs attack | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it

I’m in the middle of writing an eco-themed book about my home, Spring Cottage. Currently I’m wrestling with slugs, in the literary sense.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, February 25, 3:55 AM

This  is  an  excellent  scoop  from  @Nicola King   taken  from  the  articles  of  the  Telegraph.

As  we  haven't  really  experienced  a  harsh  winter  that  kills  these  pest  of  yet.

And  that  due  to  our  mild  weather  things  are  blooming  early  and  encouraging  them  to  breed  more .

They  are  many  new  treatments  on  the  market  now   starting  with  beer  traps  to    copper   wires  (  suppose  to  give  off  electric  shocks  as  they  cross  them  -  so  they  say  )

But  there  is  one  way  that  to  control  them  humanely  and  that  is  to  use  coir   the  rough  texture  of  the  fibre  rubs  against  their  against  there  under belly  -  which  they  don't  like  -

And  added  bonus  it  virtually  sterile  (disease  free  )  meaning  that  your  plants  wont  get  effected.

For  more  info  on  Slug  control  go  to  My  blog  page  - https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/ ;

Eric Larson's curator insight, February 25, 3:50 PM

Slugs in the garden.

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Top 12 wildflowers for spring

Top 12 wildflowers for spring | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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Richard Spencer's curator insight, February 23, 6:39 AM

Here  is  an  awesome  article  on  how  to  brighten  up  your  beds  in  the  spring  

Whilst keeping  it  native  and  local  to  your  area  with  plants  like  Primroses  Bluebells  etc.

Eric Larson's curator insight, February 23, 12:40 PM

Beautiful wild flowers.

Small Garden Ideas's curator insight, February 23, 9:28 PM
Great collection of really unknown flowers
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It's time to power down our greenhouses

It's time to power down our greenhouses | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Amid growing climate chaos, can we really afford to keep powering up our propagators and greenhouse heaters, asks John Walker
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Why you should use nematodes as pest control

Why you should use nematodes as pest control | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 23, 12:42 PM

Nematodes and pest control???

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Plants are our lifeline – but we’re letting them die | Michael McCarthy

Plants are our lifeline – but we’re letting them die | Michael McCarthy | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Human existence is utterly dependent on wild plant species we’ve shamefully neglected. Now Kew has become a global voice for plants
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21 steps to an amazing garden for beginners

21 steps to an amazing garden for beginners | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, May 7, 7:58 AM
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 9, 5:48 AM
Starting your new garden?
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As the planet warms, how do we decide when a plant is native?

As the planet warms, how do we decide when a plant is native? | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Yale Environment 360: The fate of a tree planted at poet Emily Dickinson’s home raises questions about whether gardeners can - or should - play a role in helping plant species migrate
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Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime

Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
A new body of evidence suggests that adding greenery in vacant or gray settings reduces criminal activity nearby.
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Gardeners: ditch the camellias, embrace the natives. They're beautiful, and ours | Gay Alcorn

Gardeners: ditch the camellias, embrace the natives. They're beautiful, and ours | Gay Alcorn | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
It’s puzzling why we Australians are not more passionate, proud, curious, even evangelical about our native plants, all 24,000 species of them
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Climate change gardening – building resilience from the ground up

Climate change gardening – building resilience from the ground up | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Kim Stoddart is on a mission to protect her garden against future weather extremes. This month she delves into the benefits of no-dig gardening.
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Work with nature to protect cash-strapped UK parks, charity urges

Work with nature to protect cash-strapped UK parks, charity urges | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
Rethinking Parks project run by Nesta offers suggestions such as changing flowers from annuals to perennials to cut costs
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 25, 3:51 PM

Park projects?

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Reimagining park life: how Britain’s green spaces are scrambling for cash

Reimagining park life: how Britain’s green spaces are scrambling for cash | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
The installation of Go Ape in Battersea Park is part of a growing movement towards the privatisation of green spaces. How can cash-strapped councils bring in private money without turning parks into grassy high streets?
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 23, 12:41 PM

Charge for going to a green space??? Good idea?

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Inside the 17th century Versailles vegetable garden

Inside the 17th century Versailles vegetable garden | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 23, 12:41 PM

Versailles and vegetables?

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The benefits of long-term garden design

The benefits of long-term garden design | Horticulture, parks and gardens | Scoop.it
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