anyone can grow their own urban garden

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National Gardening Week has finally sprouted with spring slowly letting Mother Nature in, it's a prime time to sow, deadhead and fork your way to harvesting an array of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. By simply bringing together sunlight, soil, water and nutrients you and your family can enjoy the fresh, organic and scrumptious flavours that gardening brings. Sticking to the basic principles of gardening can have a huge impact on the environment, the community and can help keep finances well and truly tucked in your pocket. As Ben Mann says in his interview - growing our own food is one way we can help to change the food system (and environment) for the better. "But gardening is easier said than done" I hear you say, looking at your wilted flowers and leaves chewed by Vine Weevils or some other type of pest€¦..
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does organic food always have to cost more?

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Does eating organic always have to be more expensive? A few weeks ago I ordered an organic meat box from Abel and Cole - it included 6 braising steaks, 16 pork sausages, 8 pork steaks, 8 chicken drumsticks and 8 burgers (a fair bit of meat!). Now I don't eat a lot of meat in the week, probably only twice a week, so I put most of it into the freezer to last me a couple of months. How much did all this come to?£27.50.
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film review: best before documentary

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Last night Emma, Lucia and I went to the film screening of a new short documentary film called Best Before at the Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington, London. The film looks at the rising costs of food and the UK's current, unsustainable approach to food production. But it ends upbeat, showing us the alternatives out there to the current system that can lead to a healthier, more sustainable, more local food system. In the UK we currently import 40% of our food from just about every corner of the world - this even includes foods we can grow ourselves such as carrots and herbs.
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