When is theft acceptable?

When is theft acceptable?

At the beginning of May this year, the UK media took note of an unusual case in Italy’s highest court – a homeless man originally found guilty of theft, and sentenced to six months in jail and a €100 fine, was acquitted. The new verdict determined that as he had only...
Why there’ll be no blight on Mars

Why there’ll be no blight on Mars

Astronaut Mark Watney grows potatoes to survive on Mars, in ‘The Martian’ (Image credit: 20th Century Fox) I’m hoping to go and see The Martian soon, one of the few films to feature a botanist as the hero. Astronaut Mark Watney is one of the first humans to set foot...
Coping with pests: two-legged rats

Coping with pests: two-legged rats

What happened to my allotment is a reminder that it’s not just animal and insect pests we have to worry about in our gardens – humans can be a problem as well. Bob Flowerdew refers to such anti-social individuals as ‘two-legged rats’. Despite a lock on the gate, my...
Non-Toxic Slug Control for your Garden

Non-Toxic Slug Control for your Garden

There are many ways you can keep your slug population under control without resorting to toxic slug pellets: Encourage beneficial wildlife in your garden – from insects right through to frogs and hedgehogs. Make sure that you have a range of habitats available. Wild...
Sárpo spuds

Sárpo spuds

Back at the end of May, I picked up two bags of Sárpo Mira seed potatoes, discounted at the garden centre as it was past prime spud-planting time. When I went to GIY UK two months later, I still hadn’t found time to plant them. It was there that I met Dr David Shaw,...

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