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Apple trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
All the decent apples that we grow for fruit today come from grafted stock because apple trees grown from seeds will, almost always, taste sour enough to scour the enamel from your teeth. Continue reading...
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Moth orchid

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I'm in love with the moth orchid. Not obsessed, no butterflies in the stomach, you understand. It's just that orchids are... perfect. Continue reading...
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Gooseberry bushes

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I'm convinced it wasn't brambles surrounding the castle where Sleeping Beauty slept, but gooseberry bushes. Continue reading...
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Daffodils

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
Are you listening, snowdrops? 'Where are you, perhaps you'd like to show up sometime?' Continue reading...
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Dung beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There is something quite magical about feeling the massive strength of a giant Geotrupes dor-beetle push its way through gently clasped fingers... Continue reading...
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Barking mad

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
In order to sharpen your winter brains I thought that a short quiz would be interesting... Continue reading...
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Ordering vegetable seeds

By Jane Moore in Allotments
In January and February I like to get all my seed and plant orders underway as it's usually the perfect weather to stay indoors. Continue reading...
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Rotten apples

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Thank heavens for apples! We had a fantastic crop of apples this year, despite the fact that many of the trees are not that well established. Continue reading...
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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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