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Issue 43: UK & Ireland

Water Is Life

Water is never just water. It is the universal solvent and collects just about everything in its path. We go to great lengths to ensure that our drinking water is clean and safe because we know that tainted water can make us sick. The same goes for our plants. Heavy metals, chemical contamination, poor oxygen levels, and pathogenic, anaerobic microbes can negatively impact the health of your plants.

Fortunately, testing and treating your water has never been easier. But, unfortunately, that is just the beginning. HOW, WHEN, and WHAT you feed your plants is equally essential when it comes to gardening. The kind of plant, the substrate, and your environment will dictate how best to manage your water and nutrient schedule.

In this edition, we will try to help you create the best watering practices for your garden.
Light always plays a role in plant morphology and plant physiology. Water and Light: Hydrophilic Physiology by Brian Gandy explains the relationship between light, heat, and water. To complicate things, many plants require different watering methods for different stages of their life. Doug Jacob’s gets more specific in Crop Steering Through Flowering and Fruiting.

Not to preach from my soapbox, but according to most climate scientists, time is running out, and we need to act. One of the top things we can do is to grow our own food. If everyone takes one small step, it will equal a giant leap.

Happy Gardening

In this issue

Time To Act: Six Ways To Save Water In The Garden

Water is precious and we need to use it wisely. In this article, Sarah Schuette offers six water-conserving gardening tips we can all be practicing at home.

Conserve Water In The Garden With Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is typically practiced in dry climates, but we should all be conserving water in the garden, no matter where we live. Follow these tips and tricks.

Aquafarm

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Aquafarm is an aquaponics startup working in close partnership with a local community garden aiming to inspire people to make ethical food choices.

Grapes Hill Community Garden

Norwich, England, United Kingdom

City gardens are gaining popularity since the start of the global pandemic, and at Grapes Hill Community garden, it’s easy to see why people keep coming back.

Balfour & Burleigh Garden

London, England, United Kingdom

The busy area of West London is home to Balfour & Burleigh Garden, a no-dig kitchen garden that proves food can be grown in tight urban spaces.

Simply Grow Ltd

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Zero-waste practices and a desire to educate people on making good food choices make Simply Grow Ltd stand out from other microgreen farms.