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Planting acorns

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
26 October 2012 at 11:48
Yesterday I popped an acorn into a pot of compost. I've no idea what I'll do with it when it's germinated, but, for now, I have the beginnings of an oak tree in my flat. Continue reading...
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Spider webs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
24 October 2012 at 10:41
It’s autumn. It’s foggy. This is perfect web-spotting weather. Water droplets rest heavy on the silk strands, which now sag into a pattern of subtle curves. Continue reading...
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Autumn foliage favourites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
22 October 2012 at 16:31
I have just returned from the Pacific North West. The trees were pleasingly autumnal - or I believe they were, as the rain was quite relentless. Continue reading...
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Growing winter salad leaves

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
19 October 2012 at 16:39
My rocket is cropping nicely and my lamb’s lettuce should be ready in a couple of weeks. But I'll sow more - my aim is to have fresh salads until December. Continue reading...
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Planting spring bulbs

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
17 October 2012 at 17:07
The onset of autumn weather has been unusually late. But, undeterred, I’ve been indulging in something that tells me it must be autumn: planting bulbs. Continue reading...
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Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
15 October 2012 at 16:18
Hedgehogs have always been regular visitors to my garden - I'd spot them meandering across the lawn at twilight - but this year I haven’t seen any. Continue reading...
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Planting snake's head fritillaries

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
12 October 2012 at 15:48
My favourite spring bulb is the beautiful snake’s head fritillary, with its exquisite chequered flowers, and I’ve just planted 20 bulbs in the green roof on my shed. Continue reading...
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Writing outside in the present moment

By Sean Borodale in Gardeners' musings
I have often wondered how a poem begins. If I sat down at a bare table with a pencil and a piece of paper, I wonder if anything would happen at all. Continue reading...
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Apple sawfly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 October 2012 at 08:12
I view our raggedy apple tree as a wildlife resource, as it supports lots of interesting apple-eating creatures, including apple sawfly. Continue reading...
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Picking blackberries

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
08 October 2012 at 15:09
Gathering blackberries is one of the few chances gardeners get to do something hazardous, because blackberries really do not want to be gathered. Continue reading...
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