Helping garden birds through winter

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
08 November 2013 at 09:12
I spent far too much time on Tuesday staring out of the window at a robin in my mum’s front garden, which was darting back and forth from the bushes to the hydrangea, under which there was a large pile of rowan berries. Continue reading...


By Richard Jones in Wildlife
06 November 2013 at 09:27
I’m late, I know, jumping on the badger bandwagon. This is partly because I have never actually seen a badger in my garden. Any garden, even. In fact I have only ever seen live badgers twice in my life. Continue reading...
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By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
05 November 2013 at 11:33
Lilies are one of the few plants that almost everyone can name: maybe not the exact variety, but the bold trumpet-shaped flowers are instantly recognisable from parties, florists and funerals. Continue reading...
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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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...