Gardening & Environment
The family of grasses, the Poaceae, is the fifth largest, with 12,000 species. Their physical stature varies enormously, from low growing bents on golf greens, to pretty ornamental grasses grown in gardens, to the bamboos and elephant grasses used to feed pandas and burn for energy.
Grasses are also crucial for life. They act as a larger carbon sink than the Amazon rainforest and are used to manage floodwaters, improve soil health and provide erosion control on slopes and roadside verges.
The blogs I write here demonstrate how gardeners and researchers are increasingly using grasses to create amazing gardens, as well as helping to save our planet.
The Grasslands Trust, founded in 2002 to reverse the decline of wildlife-rich grasslands in England, says that the small remaining areas of semi-natural grasslands are undervalued by society yet provide important public goods.
Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food launched LEAF’s latest farm management tool yesterday in London.
The King of Bhutan and his new bride received ‘grass’ as a wedding gift when they got married this week.
Having travelled to Inner Mongolia I know how important grass can be to a nation…
Imagine my excitement when I came across this cafe whilst walking the streets of the capital recently – just around the corner from the Tower of London!
The three year Grassohol research project is nearing its end and we wait to hear if it is possible to run buses economically on fuel made from high sugar perennial ryegrasses.
Mary Quicke’s Diary is always a satisfying read, as much as eating her award winning cheeses!
Monthly updates on what is happening in Devon, inform her customers about life on the farm in easy-to-understand, often evocative language.