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September 2008

Sunflower Stats

By Heather 11 years ago

Scientific name Helianthus comes from Helios meaning sun and Anthos meaning flower.
Used in China as a symbol of longevity.
Nothing is more likely to bring a smile to your face than the cheery sunflower. How about sending someone you know Farmer Phil's Box of Sunshine?
Flowers are great for attracting bees into your garden and birds just love sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts.
Largest sunflower head on record measured 32½ inches in diameter.
Oil for cooking can be extracted from sunflower seeds, with an average yield of 40%.
Wait until the sun has dried the dew before picking sunflowers and change vase water every few days to help prolong the life of the flowers.
European sunflowers provide leaves for smoking and flowers for dyes.
Record breaking tallest sunflower ever grown was 25 feet tall.
Stems were used to fill lifejackets before the advent of modern materials, can be used in your compost heap for aeration and also provide great homes for beneficial insects.

Carnival of Country Living

By Heather 11 years ago


Welcome to the Wiggly Wigglers carnival of country living.


simon presents Basics of Pellet Stoves posted at Corn Stove Guide.


Stephanie presents Crock Pot Apple Butter posted at Stop the Ride!.


Meg presents Fall Harvest Family Day posted at The Stickley Museum At Craftsman Farms.


Victoria E presents New Green Food Guide Gives Inside Track on Eco-Eating and Activism posted at Victoria Everman :: Sustainable, Creative, Enlightened Living :: San Francisco.


Stephanie presents Telling it like it is (photo added) posted at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.


Stephanie presents This Season's Bounty. Next Season's Gifts posted at Make It From Scratch.


Decorology presents decorology: Get that "simple life" feeling in your home posted at decorology.


presents Mango Salsa Recipe Selection posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, "Spice up your chicken and fish with these really easy mango salsa recipes"


Raymond presents How To Kill Roaches And Get Rid Of A Home Cockroach Infestation posted at Money Blue Book.


HowToMe presents How to Save Water Indoors (a few tips) posted at HowToMe.


Sahara Reins presents Is it Moulting, Molting, or Snowing Feathers? posted at Fowl Visions.


GP presents So How do you View the World posted at Manely Montana Memories, saying, "Changing your life... by changing your viewpoint"


That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a carnival of country living using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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Carnival of Environmental Issues

By Heather 11 years ago


Welcome to the Wiggly Wigglers carnival of environmental issues.


Roland presents The trash Vortex of the Pacific Ocean posted at Manufactured landscapes.


Tip Diva presents Greening Your Bathroom posted at Tip Diva, saying, "If you’re looking to become more green, why not start with your bathroom? Here are ways to conserve energy, water and more"


Tip Diva presents Getting Rid Of Things posted at Tip Diva, saying, "Do you have unneeded items laying about your house? Don’t know what to do with them? Well, don’t throw them out - there are other ways you can get rid of them without contributing them to landfills"


Rebecca Newburn presents August Thriving in the Burbs Newsletter posted at Thriving in the 'Burbs, saying, "Thriving in the 'Burbs has a downloadable, customizable monthly newsletter that you can tailor to your community and locale. It'll help you support your community in going green by organizing people to make sustainable lifestyle choices, such as installing clotheslines. Learn how to thrive in challenging times and do it in community."


Phil B. presents Why Nuclear Power Plants are Horrible « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "The reasons against nuclear (fission) power plants are because they are non-renewable, dangerous, and create radioactive waste."


Go Green Travel Green presents Recycled Coca Cola Soda Bottle Shirts posted at Go Green Travel Green.


Mike Bergin presents Vultures, Diclofenac, Rabies, and Ecological unravelling posted at 10,000 Birds, saying, "This post by Charlie Moores connects the dots between Vultures, Diclofenac, Rabies, and Ecological unravelling"


Katrina Cain presents Did You Know Broken Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Are Toxic? posted at Were You Wondering....


Louise Manning presents Eat kangaroo and lower your carbon footprint posted at The Human Imprint.


Meg A. presents 5 Ways to Save the Rainforest posted at How to Make a Difference.


Ena Clewes presents Dealing With Garden Pests the Organic Way - Gardening Articles - Organic Gardening posted at Organic Gardening, saying, "For many gardeners, a good offense is better than a good defense when it comes to pests in the garden."


matthew bennett presents The Facts & Benefits of Buying a Heat Pump posted at Heat Pumps - The Real Facts, saying, "Lots more usefull information about Heat Pump Technology is available on the site."


Ro Troia presents Power From the Sun Puts Money in Your Pocket posted at Blog the Rockies.


Ben Dinsmore presents Tidal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sea posted at Trees Full of Money, saying, "If Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME is successful in their latest initiative, we may soon be adding tidal energy to the growing list of viable alternative energy sources."


Katrina Cain presents What is a Carbon Credit? posted at Were You Wondering....


Katrina Cain presents Burning Candles Can Cause Indoor Air Pollution posted at Were You Wondering....


Leon Gettler presents Emissions trading: business spits the dummy posted at Sox First, saying, "When business starts putting its hand out asking for Government welfare to help it fight climate change, you have to start worrying."


Peter Jones presents A Roadmap Towards Sustainability: Excellent Book on How to Reach a Sustainable Future posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read.


Deanna Caswell presents Little House in the Suburbs: How to Compost posted at Little House in the Suburbs.


Piotr Stepien presents Raw Vegan Food posted at we overstep, saying, "What seemed to be an extreme diet is easier and more efficient than a regular diet."


Victoria E presents The Final Word on Water Bottle Safety (Not From the FDA) posted at Victoria Everman :: Sustainable, Creative, Enlightened Living :: San Francisco.


Tabitha Smith presents Solar Misconception: I Should Wait for New Technology posted at Sweet Solar Home, saying, "Going solar is a great way to go green, but a lot of people want to wait for new technology. Should you?"


Kelly Sonora presents Top 50 Green Fashion and Design Blogs posted at Organicasm.


TheLittlestGuy presents who peed in the water? posted at TheLittlestGuy.


Silicon Valley Blogger presents 10 Simple Ways To Save Money And The Environment. posted at The Digerati Life.


The Smarter Wallet presents 7 Frugal Tips To Clean and Care For Your Clothes posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, "Save the environment by reducing consumption and making the things you own last longer."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of environmental issues using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.Technorati tags: , .

Hibernating Hedgehogs

By Heather 11 years ago


It’s coming up to that time of year when hedgehogs are contemplating hibernation. This generally commences in October and continues until March or April, depending on the weather.

During this time the hedgehog’s metabolic rate, cardiovascular system and respiratory rate slow right down to the minimum level to conserve energy. They will be curled up and when touched (not recommended) will bristle. During hibernation, the hedgehog will live off its fat reserves and it is therefore important that it has reached a minimum weight of 600g prior to the start of hibernation to aid survival.

Rachel Harries, who is in the Wiggly office on a temporary assignment, is particularly interested in hedgehog welfare. This is what Rachel had to say,

“My mum found three under-weight hoglets in the garden last year, who weren't big enough to go into hibernation. She took them to Maureen Webb who is a British Hedgehog Preservation Society carer near Ross-on-Wye to be looked after for the winter. Then in the spring she was able to re-release them in my mum’s garden.”

To find out more about information about all things hedgehog take a look at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society web site.

The Wiggly Wigglers Podcast

By Heather 11 years ago


Welcome to the 3rd anniversary edition of the Wiggly podcast. Richard is outside his house, enjoying one of the only balmy evenings of the year, watching house martins preparing to return to Africa.

Farmer Phil explains that harvest time this year is proving to be a bit of a challenge and not helped by his chums at DEFRA!

We are pleased to welcome back Rachel Harries who will be with us until Christmas and has been assigned several tasks, including coming up with interesting facts about products and tweaking the Wiggly web site.

And last, but not least, don’t forget the Terry and Ricardo special, “Definitely not Gardeners’ Question Time” at Preston-on-Wye Village Hall at 7.30 pm on 10 October 2008. The ticket price is £10, which includes a glass of mulled cider and a light supper. The profits from this event will be shared between St. Michael's Hospice and the Bobath Centre (for children with Cerebral Palsy).

To listen to the whole of the Wiggly podcast click here.


Below is a taster of what’s on this week’s show:

Time: 00:00:02 Richard is watching clouds of house martins feasting on winged ants. Time: 00:02:41 It's the 3rd anniversary of the Wiggly podcast. Heather's at the dentist, but hello to Rachel H
Time: 00:04:48 Time for a harvesting update from Farmer Phil incl news from his favourite organisation, DEFRA.
Time: 00:09:00 Richard is visiting Mark Ecclestone in Telford to see how his green space project is developing.
Time: 00:23:44 Rachel H is off to see the hop grower & the team learn that hops are related to cannabis.
Time: 00:30:09 Montycast: A quick bat fact.
Time: 00:30:25 All is not gloom and doom in the farming community.
Time: 00:31:52 A quick reminder about the evening with Terry Walton and sidekick Richard on 10/10/2008.

The Wiggly Wigglers podcast team is Heather Gorringe,
Phil Gorringe (aka Farmer Phil) and Richard Fishbourne (aka Ricardo).