letting nature back in

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Letting nature back in

The Puzzle Bush: Tough, pretty and nutritious

Among the first spring flowers are the delicately scented lilac-hued blossoms of the shrubby Puzzle bush. Continue reading “The Puzzle Bush: Tough, pretty and nutritious”

Letting nature back in via a kitchen garden

Vegetable garden cherry tomatoesThere is a place for a vegetable patch in any suburban garden, including wildlife-friendly gardens. Letting nature back in can include growing food plants and letting nature into your kitchen. In keeping with my rather laissez-faire attitude to gardening, we stick with herbs and vegetables that are relatively easy to grow and suited to the local climate and soils. Continue reading “Letting nature back in via a kitchen garden”

The garden’s magic carpet: Fallen leaves

Leaves are sometimes called the food factories of green plants. In the complex process of photosynthesis, leaves absorb sunlight and this energy is used to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen gas. Not only does this process provide food for the plant itself, but ultimately supports all life on Earth. The nutrients in plants and the oxygen gas released by plants are the basis of the food that we eat and the air that we breathe.

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