Orange ladybirds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
18 January 2013 at 14:12
Recently I met a very special species indeed: an orange ladybird. It was hibernating in a pine tree in my local park. What a find. Continue reading...
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Spiders in the compost bin

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
16 January 2013 at 07:14
I imagine that, for most people, a compost bin is a useful source of compost. In our garden, though, the compost bin is little more than a private nature reserve. Continue reading...
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Planting tulips late

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
14 January 2013 at 14:40
As I write this in the blushing dawn of the new year I feel it appropriate to come clean about something that I ought to have done by now. Continue reading...
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Making a stumpery

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 January 2013 at 18:17
Dead wood makes a wonderful habitat in the garden, providing food and shelter for huge numbers of invertebrates including wood-boring beetles, solitary bees and woodlice. Continue reading...
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Cleaning the greenhouse

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
09 January 2013 at 13:02
I’m starting January with my customary clear out. I always clean the greenhouse at this time of year... Continue reading...
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Learning from 2012

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
07 January 2013 at 12:41
Given that extreme weather is something we might have to get used to, what can we learn from 2012? Continue reading...
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Evicting a rat

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 January 2013 at 15:43
For the last few weeks I’ve been dealing with ‘a slight rodent problem’. Continue reading...
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Black-headed gulls

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
02 January 2013 at 15:25
I once had a relationship-threatening close encounter with a herring gull in St James’s Park, but I gloss over that here. It is the black-headed gull that you are most likely to see far inland. Continue reading...
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2013 in the garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
31 December 2012 at 08:11
New Year’s Eve. A defining moment, the joys and traumas of Christmas behind us and the blank page of 2013 stretching ahead like a freshly hoovered carpet. Continue reading...
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Festive bird feeding

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
26 December 2012 at 07:16
Over the festive period, we all usually have more leftover food than usual, so make sure you offer as much as possible to your garden birds. Continue reading...
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