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Putting hardy gerberas to the test

By Adam Pasco in Plants
17 September 2013 at 10:33
I was somewhat sceptical when I first heard about garvineas – a new range of gerberas that are said to be hardy perennials. But, as they say, the proof of the pudding... Continue reading...
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Cooking elderberries

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
13 September 2013 at 09:27
The elder trees near me are bursting with berries. There are recipes online for elderberry jelly and elderberry dumplings, but I think I’ll bake a pie. Continue reading...
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Silver-washed fritillary

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2013 at 10:22
Overgrown urban gardens take a while to attract new wildlife, so I wasn't expecting anything very surprising – maybe some hoverflies and harlequin ladybirds. How wrong I was. Continue reading...
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Sowing hollyhocks

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:41
I love hollyhock spires in late summer, and watching the last of the year’s bees pollinating them. They also produce masses of seeds and are very easy to grow. Continue reading...
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Collecting prickly seeds

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:00
I have been collecting seeds of Eryngium giganteum - this is easier said than done, as the seeds are needle sharp Continue reading...
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Rhododendron leaf hoppers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
03 September 2013 at 17:18
With its pale turquoise green body and stylish lone-ranger face mask, the rhododendron leafhopper is one of the prettiest insects you can find in a garden. Continue reading...
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Sowing rocket for autumn

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
03 September 2013 at 10:00
Bumper harvests continue feeding the family and filling the freezer. It's payback time for all the care that's gone into sowing, watering and nurturing crops through summer. Continue reading...
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The joy of compost

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 August 2013 at 10:26
I love Monty’s enthusiasm for compost – it comes across as a genuine, heartfelt passion for all things rotting. Continue reading...
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Friend or foe?

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
27 August 2013 at 16:34
Those of you who have attended BBC Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, Birmingham in the last few years may well have an advantage in the following quiz. Continue reading...
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Growing teasels

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
23 August 2013 at 11:46
...if a single plant can be a home for wildlife, then the fuller’s teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a high-rise tower block. Continue reading...
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