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In praise of woodlice

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm always slightly perplexed when I hear someone talking about woodlice as if they were garden pests. My garden is full of the critters, but I've never even had need to raise my voice at them. Continue reading...
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Plant hunters

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
...there's something about plants that makes people bubble and froth with excitement. This can be lost on a great deal of the population who can't understand what all the fuss is about... Continue reading...
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Ferns in pots

By Adam Pasco in Plants
When the first hard frost struck in my garden at the end of October, it was the kiss of death for so much of the long-lasting summer colour... Continue reading...
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Composting waste

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I'm considering collecting all my tea bags and potato peelings at home to put on the heap - I could easily add a fetching little compost crock to my Christmas list! Continue reading...
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Writing with daffodils

By Pippa Greenwood in Allotments
I have a deep passion for spring bulbs. They're not the poshest of flowers, but I couldn't bear to live without them - especially daffodils. Continue reading...
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Ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A bit of garden clearance in the rain is always therapeutic. Working off a good lunch and feeling the drip of water down my neck, I feel my endeavours are all the more noble. Continue reading...
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Garden bonfires: ashes to ashes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Everybody loves a bonfire: it's one of those autumn things. Smoke that is both acrid and nut sweet, flames lighting up the gloom... Continue reading...
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The crimson glory vine

By Adam Pasco in Plants
When I first saw the wonderful combination of ornamental vine and ivy, I had to replicate it in my own garden. Continue reading...
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Staking trees

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I've never known rain like it (well, this being the UK, maybe I have). The poor old allotment is saturated, windswept and generally the worse for wear. Continue reading...
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Choosing vegetable varieties

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
When the weather gets grim, I like to peruse the vegetable seed catalogues, checking the availability of my favourite varieties and finding out what's new. Continue reading...
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