Feather-footed bee

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There's something buzzing around the grape hyacinths. It's a fat, furry brown bee and it's being very animated. Continue reading...
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Garden sheds - pesticides of the past

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The other day I came across a very ancient shed with many of the original contents. Continue reading...
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Purple sprouting broccoli

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I love the first harvest of the new season - it's so welcome after the long dark winter. Continue reading...
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Trees for small gardens

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Most of us do not have room in our gardens for more than a couple of trees - so which is the best variety to plant? Continue reading...
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Worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
What do you get if you chop an earthworm in half? I've been asked that question many times by small children and I always have to give them the rather unfortunate answer: mostly a dead worm. Continue reading...
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Suppressing weeds with carpet

By Jane Moore in Gardeners' musings
Along with the sap rising, the birds cavorting and my enthusiasm surging, the weeds are growing with a vengeance. Continue reading...
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Squirrels vs bulbs and corms

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
Although the squirrel damage to my Brussels sprouts was inconvenient, our meals weren't ruined. So now, they've moved on to my bulbs. Continue reading...
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Roses and their pests

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We have a rambler rose just outside the back door, 'Félicité et Perpétue'. It's a tough old brute. So I have no worries at all that it is being attacked by a battalion of major garden pests. Continue reading...
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Persistent weeds

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I have never been good with tangles. Snaggled kite strings drive me dotty...but I rather enjoy the gradual teasing and tickling of bindweed or couch grass roots. Continue reading...
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Sowing broad beans

By Jane Moore in Grow & eat
Spring is in the air, and plants are beginning to shake off their winter dormancy. The birds and bees are making a cautious appearance, along with my fellow allotmenteers. Continue reading...
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