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This week I hosted another 'Coffee Talk' this time on the subject of sustainable gardening.  Giving the talk were the wonderful Tara Lissner and Hester MacDonald.  Together they run courses on gardening through their company, 'The Swiss Gardening School' (https://swissgardeningschool.com).  Separately, Hester hosts a gardening show on 'World Radio Switzerland' while Tara runs 'The Herb and Petal Box' and writes a blog 'My Swiss garden' (http://www.myswissgarden.com).   They indulged us with some fantastic tips and tricks on how to tend to our gardens with the least impact on the environment as well as how to get the most out of our outdoor space.  Below, I've listed som...

I am truly a beginner to composting.  I only started last year but I am so excited to see the wonderful, hot, steaming pile of composted matter, that I want to share some tips that I've picked up along the way.

So, why compost?  Firstly, it is a waste-free way to get rid of your food scraps and garden waste and not send them to land fill.  Don’t be fooled by the idea that sending them to the dump is ok because they biodegrade.  I’ve heard that in landfill, under piles of other waste and without access to light and oxygen, organic matter cannot decompose properly.  When it does break down in this environment, it creates methane gas which contributes to climate change...

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