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Anger mounts against the ‘poor door’

Anger mounts against the ‘poor door’

| July 25, 2014

Different doors for different folks … New York City. Photograph: Alamy

The best city stories on the web this week explore the new idea of “urban physics”, ask what impact Airbnb is having on our cities and debate the controversial …

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The Victory Garden

The Victory Garden

| July 24, 2014

The Victory Garden is gaining ground again, 70 years after redefining gardening in America. Check out our infographic to learn more.

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The World’s Largest Flowers

The World’s Largest Flowers

| July 24, 2014

I had a chance to experience two of the worlds biggest flowers recently, only mere weeks apart.

The first was the infamous corpse flower, amorphophallus titanum (which means giant misshapen phallus). There is a specimen at MSU near my house …

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What’cha Growin? Podcast Episode #8 Abbey Huggan

What’cha Growin? Podcast Episode #8 Abbey Huggan

| July 24, 2014

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Hardy (and almost-hardy) begonias

Hardy (and almost-hardy) begonias

| July 24, 2014

The stunning, silver-splashed foliage of Begonia taliensis. Photograph: Ben Ram

I was introduced to begonias at a very young age. I remember visiting the house of my great great aunt Gwen and in the greenhouse I found flowers the size …

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In praise of slugs | Editorial

In praise of slugs | Editorial

| July 23, 2014

‘The next time a slug admiringly eyes your lettuce, let it have its fill.’ Photograph: Petr Bonek/Alamy

When children eat their greens, we cheer. When other animals hanker after salad, we condemn them to death. In almost every garden across …

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How does your garden grow? Share your images and stories

How does your garden grow? Share your images and stories

| July 23, 2014

Blackberries in our garden. Photograph: ID5326230/GuardianWitnesss

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Across the UK, (extra)ordinary gardeners are working away in gardens and greenhouses, balconies and allotments, meadows and schoolyards.

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Composting toilets: a growing movement in green disposal

Composting toilets: a growing movement in green disposal

| July 23, 2014

Composting toilets work on the basic principle of waste breaking down into pathogen-free compost. Photograph: Science & Society Picture Librar/SSPL/Getty

Until now the spread of the composting toilet has been one of environmentalism’s quieter and more unassuming movements – as …

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