Red onions

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The bucket

[NB  The swimming bees were rescued]

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Water woes in India

See this BBC page.

Are we doing all we can to save water?  Rainwater should be captured in butts and tanks for garden use.

 

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Growing Your Own Food – Act Now – Vertical Garden in Progress

Have you ever thought about growing your own food, but did not quite know how to go about it? Well, it’s easy and accessible to everyone. Even if you have no land, no garden and no balcony – as long as you live in a room where there is natural light, you can grow a little bit of your own food. You can make mini greenhouses adjusting 5-litre plastic water bottles, chuck into them some seeds of your favourite herbs (basil, coriander), stuck them on top of each other – and there you have your very own vertical garden! With a bit of soil, water, air, light, time and enthusiasm, self grown organic food will appear on your table.

Not only, you can get the freshest organic home-grown food, but also you can save a bit of money by growing (even a little bit) of your own food. And by such simple actions you help Mother Earth, you contribute to sustainable way of living. Just think of the food transport costs, fuel costs, storage costs that you cut out by growing your own food! So by growing your own food you also become an environmental activist, you help Mother Nature.

All of these things (and many more) I learnt a couple of weeks ago (May 2017) at the Get Growing course, an initiative of Amma’s Green Friends. Ankita and Daniel opened their lovely South London home and garden-in-progress to the 25 of us, participants of Get Growing intensive weekend. Our extremely knowledgeable teacher, Eoin, travelled to us from Cork in Ireland and taught the course free of charge. Ankita (plus family) provided not only the space for all of us, but also cooked an absolutely delicious vegan lunch, cakes and snacks for the two days of the course. Some of us have asked her to teach a vegan cooking workshop next! Read more »

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Eco-meditation

The latest issue of Matruvani, the monthly newsletter from Amritapuri, has an article by Swami Jnanamritananda Puri on ‘Practising Eco-Meditation.’

Eco-meditation is recommended for GreenFriends.  And Matruvani is the best way to keep in touch with Amma’s teaching and work.  For £10 a year, can anyone do better?

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Volunteer Tree Planting @ Dartington Agroforestry

Huxhams Cross Biodynamic farm is participating in the new Dartington agroforestry venture mixing 600 apple trees, 1600 elderflower trees and 150 sichuan pepper plants with space in between the trees for grassland crops. This is a new exciting combination for Devon and is happening on our doorstep. This mixed planting will help to nourish the soil, attract pollinators, reduce greenhouse gases, enhance biodiversity as well as producing local produce – tasty apples, exciting spices and delicious drinks processed by local enterprises. Interested to help and find out more? Be part of this change! Come along and join us to help plant the apple trees and get this project off to a fine start!

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Stingless bees in Kerala

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The Photo Ark

The Photo Ark is a collection of photographs of endangered species.  The pictures are taken in a studio, and the animals look much larger.

[Joel Sartore] has now photographed more than 6,000 species in 40 countries. The project has developed into The National Geographic Photo Ark, and its portraits have made it on to National Geographic Magazine covers and have been projected on to buildings – the UN Building and Empire State Building in New York and the Vatican in Rome.

Listen to Joel Sartore on Outlook on the BBC World Service

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How to have a more productive vegetable garden in 2017

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Happy Christmas!

May peace fall on the world

Like snowflakes

Like driving rain

Peace, Peace, Peace

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