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Indian summer
Just when I’d started to panic about the weather turning chilly, we’re having what amounts to a second shot at summer.
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Of cabbage trees and starlings
For the last week, a flock of around 20 starlings has descended daily on a nearby cabbage palm.
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Hummingbird hawkmoth
The hummingbird hawkmoth has been visiting my mum’s garden, but then she does live in the Mediterranean climate of the Sussex coast.

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Corn smut
I have corn smut. Or rather, my sweetcorn has smut. It's a rare fungus that ruins corn, and yet everyone I’ve spoken to is jealous.
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Apple tree varieties
It's exciting when September arrives: with the final plums picked, cooked or frozen, I can enjoy the first of my home-grown apples.
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Compost heaps and bean trenches
I conducted an experiment on the allotment this year: rather than putting weeds and kitchen waste onto a large heap, I dug them into a trench.