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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

This is an audio book written by Florence Williams. "For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.
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The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

This is an audio book by kristin Ohlson. "Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet.
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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

This is an audio book by Thor Hanson. "We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilisations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.
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The Reason for Flowers:Their history, culture, biology and dhow they change our lives.

This is another audio book, written by Stephen Buchmann. " Flowers and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. Flowers are used to celebrate all occasions, to express love and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy 10 million flowers a day, and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth 30 billion dollars annually. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the role that flowers play in the production of our food, spices, medicines and perfumes while simultaneously bringing joy and health."
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The Hidden Life of Trees

I've just finished listening to a fascinating Audible book. The Hidden Life of Trees, what they feel, How they communicate - discoveries from a secret world. By Peter Wohlleben. " How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. The author puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can understand". Look out for it.
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Seed Bombs

Now is the time to start preparing your seed bombs. Take 2 parts of compost and 1 part of clay and your chosen seeds. I would choose a mix of water wise, colourful shrubs and ground covers to brighten up ugly areas that you often drive past. Mix in some water and and form into bombs. Dry slowly, out of the sun and start planning your bombing sites. I would wait until after the first rains before distributing them. Enjoy the fruit of your labour when they germinate and ultimately when they flower. They will be a joy to birds, bees and fellow travellers.
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Gifts for gardeners.

Your garden loving friends would be delighted to receive any of the following gifts: packets of seed, note book and pen, hand cream and sun cream, a subscription to a gardening magazine, a gift voucher from their favourite nursery,earthworm composting bins, a rain gauge, a hammock or a weather station.
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Winter tree pruning tips

Trees need to be pruned to protect against falling branches. If the trees have grown so tall that they are closes to overhead power lines, DO NOT be tempted to prune them. Call your service provider to do the job. Thinning out the crown of the tree allows more light and air flow. Remove all diseased branches and dead ones. To encourage height remove all the lower branches. Stand back and look at the shape of the tree and decide if there are any other unsightly branches that need to be removed.
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