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Peat-free compost campaign to cut carbon emission

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 8, 2010 Posted Tags: Comment No Comments

A new campaign was launched today by Defra secretary in Kew Gardens (peat free since 1992) to encourage gardeners to use peat free compost. Amateur gardeners use around 70% of the peat extracted for the industry and half of the peat that we use is from abroad which makes the carbon footprint caused by peat extraction even bigger. The horticulture industry uses about three million cubic metre of peat each year. Many gardeners do not even realize that the compost they buying contains peat, and it is in the grow bags too. The excavation damages wild habitats and the peat soils are great carbon stores. The aim is to make the home gardener go peat free by 2020. So watch out in the garden centre, check the label on the compost bag and make your decision. So, what compost you want to sow yo

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Gardening News – Retailers offer carrot plug plants at £1.09 each

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 7, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

This week's breaking news in the gardening world is that some retailers sell carrot plug plants at really high price. The highest price was 1.09, but after the famous Which? approached the company, it has stopped selling the plugs. Wow, well done Which?. Other retailers offer the carrots from 44p a piece, and it is still a poor value for money. OK, so some gardeners do want to grow veggies from plug plants, and it is understandable that you can buy tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers as plugs, in the end you will have more then 1 fruit from one plant. One carrot plant will produce only one carrot though and, well for 44p or 109p it is not exactly a grow your own and save money project, is it?! And it is really easy and popular to grow carrots from seed, and most of the seed retailers offer gre

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About F1 Hybrid Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 23, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

Most fruits and vegetables grown around the world by farmers are hybrids, especially the ones ending up in the shops. These varieties created from interbreeding two or more separate strains. Over generations of selective breeding and cross fertilizing, hybrid plants and therefore the fruits can be tailored to have any specific characteristics. They may have larger fruits, longer shelf life, sweeter fruits, faster growth or greater resistance to pests and diseases. Simply put if two open pollinated varieties are crossed the first generatin, know as F1 hybrids, has the dominant qualities of its parents. As a result F1 varieties can produce more abundant crops than either of their parent varieties. In the real world it is much complicated than that, plant breeders work hard to develop new

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