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2008-10-04 18:00:11

By KATE HODAL Anyone who's ever tried to compost and ended up with nothing but soggy lettuce and banana skins, or a Bokashi bin that smells like Freddy Krueger's underwear, knows that being green isn't always easy. But with a bit of knowhow, you can avoid some of these pitfalls and reap the benefits you thought were out of your reach. Because home composting, whether it's a wormery, a Bokashi bin, or saving fruit and veg scraps to put onto your compost bin, doesn't just give you nice,...

2008-08-17 18:00:24

By Compiled by Alice Wyllie Green in every sense Of all places, the garden is one area of the home that really should be green, for obvious reasons. But while we're all trying our best to buy organic food, wear eco-friendly clothes and generally Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, the garden is a spot that can easily be overlooked. So down those pesky pesticides, forget petrol-guzzling power tools and invest in some eco-friendly gadgets for your garden. Instant workforce If you fancy a few...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'