Making leaf mould

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
01 November 2013 at 16:37
Leaf mould is not particularly nutritious, but it conditions the soil, lacing it with fungi and other micronutrients, which help plants grow. Continue reading...
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Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
28 October 2013 at 15:34
Autumn always fills me with mixed emotions, bringing the end of one gardening year together with plans and preparations for the New Year ahead. Continue reading...
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Growing spring flowers for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
25 October 2013 at 14:21
I spent yesterday afternoon planting bulbs for queen bumblebees. I planted Allium roseum, crocus, snake’s head fritillary and a mixed selection of Anemone blanda. Continue reading...
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Wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
23 October 2013 at 09:09
The easiest way to tell male and female wasps apart is to look at the antennae. Continue reading...
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Growing Griselinia littoralis

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
21 October 2013 at 10:40
Alas, not everything in the garden can be glamorous. There also has to be room for the mundane and utilitarian. Continue reading...
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Jerusalem artichokes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 October 2013 at 10:21
Last week, on my dad’s allotment, I took the opportunity to harvest some Jerusalem artichokes. Continue reading...
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Autumn weeding

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
14 October 2013 at 12:32
Temperatures are beginning to drop, but there’s no doubt that the prolonged end to the summer has allowed everything to keep growing for longer than usual. Continue reading...
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Flowers for instant impact

By Adam Pasco in Plants
14 October 2013 at 11:23
While autumn opens the final chapter for many flowers, it's also an opportunity to introduce new seasonal plants... Continue reading...
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Horse chestnut miner and blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 October 2013 at 09:32
I recently attended a seminar on native plants. I was one of the speakers, arguing that growing some natives in the garden is essential for creating breeding habitats for moths. Continue reading...
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Ivy bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
09 October 2013 at 10:17
I'm thinking of having a bit of a grump. I’ve checked all the ivy I can find in South London, but have not found a single ivy bee, not one. Harrumph. Continue reading...
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