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Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides (generally considered together as ‘pesticides’ or informally as ‘chemicals’) have a long and controversial history.On the one hand, we need them to keep towns and streets pest-free to 21st century standards, and they also have an often-overlooked, vital environmental function in protecting our National Parks from invasive species like Rhododendron.On the other hand, over the last five hundred years they have also caused significant damage to the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems. This is the first of a series of posts in which I’m going to take a more historical view of pesticides. I’m going...
In former times, knitting and sewing could be associated with being frugal and making items of clothing cheaply. While this is undoubtedly true, over recent years, knitting and stitching have become cool - with celebrities picking up their needles and singing the praises of their new pastime.
So – why do they do it? It seems that there are many reasons to stitch, and that the benefits of knitting and sewing are now better known.
Many of us have habits that we’d like to shed. Nibbling biscuits or chocolate, nail-biting, smoking cigarettes, tippling wine. Do any of us lead perfect...
We have all been there. A project that is started with great enthusiasm drops down the priority as life’s demands get in the way. Whether something happens that invades your routine, or whether you just drift into a lazier lifestyle, it can be difficult to get going again once you think you have failed in your studying goals.
The good news is that there is no need to lose heart about studying. You can pick up and rediscover that enthusiasm and studying regime that gave you that original zest for gaining knowledge and skills.
Re-define how studying fits into your life
Is it a chore, and battle to be won or something that...
We would like to welcome Cara Gage to the ADL team. She will be working with Registrar Amanda White to bring you a great student experience.
Cara has come to us from the world of customer finance and we are thrilled to have her on the team! Her 16+ years in a customer facing role means she's keen to make sure your time as a student with ADL will be as optimal as possible!
Congratulations for getting through the end of the world and living long enough to tell about it. While we salute your courage and fortitude, we must sadly point out that you are already doomed. Now that there are flesh-eating zombies roaming what's left of civilisation, the overwhelming likelihood is that you have not prepared suitably for the perilous situation in which you find yourself and are completely unequipped with the skills needed to survive in the aftermath.
No matter how much you may love them, sooner or later...
It’s official! After only one year of online study at the Academy for Distance Learning, I have just received my certificate from the RHS. I’ve passed all eight modules and I now hold the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture!
The RHS Level 2 qualification is the most recognised certification in the industry, and it’s the mark of a professional gardener. Even elite employers like the National Trust start their job adverts with “RHS Level 2 or equivalent”.
It usually takes a year full time or two years part time to study for the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, so I’ve managed it in very...
Note - we strongly recommend this be read in conjunction with articles titled 'Self and Cross Pollination' and 'The Importance of Pollination for Top Crop and Fruit Breeders'
An F1 hybrid is the first filial ( F1) generation produced by crossing two pure bred parent plants.
What is a Pure Bred Plant?
Pure bred parent plants are ones which have been selected by getting rid of any variations, anomalies or sudden mutations until the population is uniform. A population is required with as little genetic variation as possible. This may take several generations and very careful control as the breeder does not want pollinators...
Rhododendron is a very popular genus of shrubs for gardens due to its clusters of flowers, which can cover the surface of the shrub, most often in spring. They are generally evergreen (except the deciduous Azaleas) and the individual flowers are concave (tubular, funnel, trumpet or saucer shaped) with long filaments (unlike flatter Hydrangeas). They tend to only grow well in acidic soils and will change colour depending on the pH. At least 500 species from across four continents have been cultivated, and thousands of cultivars have been bred (Brickell, 1996, p. 868). The first known cultivated Rhododendron species was Rhododendron...