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Rosebay willowherb

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
06 June 2013 at 15:47
My mum is on what she calls ‘The 20-Weeds-a-Day Plan’. This involves walking around the garden every afternoon and pulling up 20 weeds... Continue reading...
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Seed Club - emptying the greenhouse

By Sally Nex in Plants
05 June 2013 at 10:59
At the moment my garden is busier than the M25 on a Friday afternoon. Trays of seedlings are queuing nose-to-tail to get out of the cold frame... Continue reading...
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Cockchafers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
05 June 2013 at 09:59
Last weekend was the 2013 Garden BioBlitz, an online Twitter-originated collaboration to observe, identify and record garden wildlife. Continue reading...
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Growing cow parsley

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
03 June 2013 at 13:42
I made the mistake, many years ago, of thinking that cow parsley was so lovely that I planted it (or at least shook some seed around) in my garden. Continue reading...
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BioBlitz garden wildlife audit

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
31 May 2013 at 10:15
On Wednesday I conducted a BioBlitz of the garden. This is a relatively new phenomenon, which involves auditing the garden and making a note of everything that has arrived by itself. Continue reading...
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Garden birds and their predators

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
29 May 2013 at 11:00
As I write, the bush in front of the bay window is ‘on the move’ as house sparrows, hedge sparrows, various tits and chaffinches forage inside it. Continue reading...
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Rain-damaged plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
28 May 2013 at 12:28
I returned home on Thursday just in time for temperatures below 10ºC and battering rains. The catmint had been bashed about something chronic by the weather... Continue reading...
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Growing pears

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
27 May 2013 at 07:11
Everything looks promising on the fruit front, but the last thing we need now is cold weather or, worse still, more frost. Continue reading...
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Wildlife and the Chelsea Flower Show

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 May 2013 at 11:40
I’ve been visiting The RHS Chelsea Flower Show for six of the 100 years it’s been running. During that time, I’ve seen a sea change in attitudes towards wildlife gardening... Continue reading...
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Ruby tiger moth

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
22 May 2013 at 10:45
I have to admit, I do have some slightly unusual behavioural traits. I enjoy clattering down the pavement on my daughter’s old chrome microscooter... Continue reading...
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