Eight ways to go organic in the garden
22 June 2017 | 7:30 am

It’s easy to panic and reach for a chemical spray at the first sight of greenfly or diseased plants. But there’s a more natural way. Here’s how: Encourage wildlife. Instead of using pesticides that will harm all insects good and bad – lure in the beneficial ones. Ladybirds and hoverfly larvae will eat aphids – they like chives, fennel and cosmos, or invest in a bug hotel. Ground beetles eat slugs. Birds will help keep down snails as will frogs. Try a birdbath, feeder or berries for birds and a little pond for frogs. Keep weeds down naturally. Weeds carry disease, and steal light, water and nutrients from your plants. A thick mulch of bark or well rotten manure will keep them at bay, as will pulling them out as young seedlings. Patrol to keep control. Aphids like the new tender growth of plants like clematis and rose buds, so keep an eye out for them – they can make leaves curl up. Squish them off by hand, or use a strong spritz of water. …

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Crab & Lemon Linguine Recipe
21 June 2017 | 11:09 am

Crab is absolutely at its best from May until November so now is the time to try this wonderful recipe. If you don’t have linguini it also works well with spaghetti or fettuccine. Instead of crab meat you can use peeled, cooked prawns. Crab & Lemon Linguine Serves 4 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Ingredients ·       400g (13oz) linguini ·       400g (13oz) dressed white crab meat ·       1 long red chilli, finely sliced ·       1 clove garlic, crushed ·       Grated zest of 1 lemon ·       2 tbsp Filippo Berio Extra Virgin olive oil ·       2 tbsp torn chervil leaves ·       Juice of half a lemon   Instructions 1.     Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.  Add the pasta to the pan, stir well and boil rapidly for around 8-10 minutes, or until al dente. 2.     Meanwhile, combine the dressed crabmeat, chilli, crushed garlic and lemon zest in a bowl.  Stir the extra virgin olive oil into the mixture, and season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Mix …

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Why recovery is as important as training and how to balance the two
20 June 2017 | 10:05 am

I recently ran the London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research. I’ve trained several clients for a marathon, and the same thing happens every time; panic sets in a few weeks before and I refocus them on the importance of prioritising recovery and rest. The importance of recovery Understanding the fine line between a healthy training volume and over-training is vital. Generally, we put too much emphasis on training, instead of balancing our efforts with rest and recovery. What are the signs of poor recovery? Tuning into your body is a powerful way of reconnecting with yourself. The human body is extremely adept at sending us signals, but we’ve become good at ignoring them. There are typically six areas where you might have issues: Sleep Mental health Body composition Energy Digestion Fitness Sympathetic versus parasympathetic dominance The body is a complex system of nerves and impulses. The autonomic nervous system is comprised of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous systems. Sympathetic relates to the fight / flight reactions. When the sympathetic nervous system is dominant, …

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Education News: Exciting Science
19 June 2017 | 8:44 am

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, on how to use the Scientific Method to encourage and feed children’s curiosity. It has become a mantra within the Alleyn’s science department that our aim is to encourage and to feed curiosity. But what makes our job as science teachers so enjoyable is that children are born curious. It stands to reason, therefore, that exciting children about science at home should be simple. Give your child a slinky spring and that should keep them occupied for the day and lead them to a complete understanding of the cosmos! Or not. A starting point when considering how to excite our children in science may well be to refer to the birth of modern science itself, and the development of the scientific method. So, in the style of Francis Bacon, here are some top tips: Encourage questions The scientific method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe, so listen to your child’s questions about the world around them and encourage them to ask more. Encourage …

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