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My garden pond

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
On Friday I drained the pond. Or rather I bailed hundreds of gallons of smelly, gloopy water using whatever came to hand - plastic planters, a broken watering can and the rabbit's litter tray. Continue reading...
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New year welcome

By Adam Pasco in Plants
What a wonderful welcome to the new year to discover these beautiful seed pods on my Iris foetidissima. They really are a winter bonus, their bright shining seeds last for weeks. Continue reading...
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Wellington boots

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I always really enjoy Christmas. I enjoy it for all the smiles, the people, the happiness, and of course the Christmas pudding. Continue reading...
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Fruit flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
What's the point of having a compost heap unless it's to breed fruit flies. That's the way my entomologist's mind works. During the summer great clouds of them billowed up every time I dumped the kitchen waste. Continue reading...
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Seed catalogues

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
I love Christmas shopping. No, I'm not talking about battling down the High Street for gifts or fighting through crowds with a trolley laden with groceries. Continue reading...
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Brussels sprouts

By Jane Moore in Grow & eat
I really love Christmas - it's the only thing that cheers up winter for me (except snowdrops - they give me something to smile about in February). Continue reading...
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Dogwood and willow

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I sometimes wonder if I have worrying tendencies towards pyromania. I love bonfires, adore fireworks and find nothing more soothing than a log fire... Continue reading...
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Kestrel

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Not much is roused in the cold today. But then...in the high distance of the craggy blocks of flats on Dawson's Heights is the unmistakable silhouette of a kestrel hanging in the air. Continue reading...
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Christmas compost

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Like politics and football, everybody seems to have an opinion about compost. About the only thing that we all agree about is that compost is a good thing... Continue reading...
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Shrubs for patio pots

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I'm always looking for plants that make an impact - things that will grab the attention and put on a good show. Continue reading...
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