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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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Sowing salad crops

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Like it or lump it, there isn't that wide a range of vegetables you can enjoy fresh from the garden at this time of year. So how about some oriental veg? Continue reading...
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Mulch, mulch, mulch

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
This week a huge pile of manure arrived. Brown, crumbly and pleasantly pungent it sat on my drive, lightly steaming and awaiting transfer to my newly cut down borders. Continue reading...
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Bird baths

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
Throwing out some bread and topping up seed and peanut feeders is one thing, but birds also need a constant supply of fresh water. Continue reading...
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Magpies and mice

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
At 11 o'clock in the morning, breakfast/lunch was interrupted by the announcement from nearly-three-year-old: "Look, there's a magpie". Continue reading...
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Camellia

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Finally last week, my first camellia of the year opened fully to show off its golden anthers, set off to perfection against the delicate frill of pink petals. Continue reading...
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Countdown to the Chelsea Flower Show

By Jekka McVicar in Plants
It is a mere 16 weeks before we are on site, and 12 weeks before the gardens are built at the Chelsea Flower Show. Continue reading...
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Growing tomatoes

By Jane Moore in Grow & eat
It feels like spring is on its way down here in the balmy southern slopes of Bath. Continue reading...
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Harlequin ladybird

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The inaugural meeting of the Ivydale Primary School Natural History Club had its first show-and-tell session on Wednesday. The first ladybird of the year had made an appearance. Continue reading...
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