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Summer clings on

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
03 October 2014 at 10:00
September was the driest since records began, and it was unusually warm, as well. This contrasts with August, which was the eighth wettest on record. Continue reading...
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Leatherjackets in lawns

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
01 October 2014 at 10:56
If I had to give 2014 a name, I’d call it the Year of the Leatherjacket. We had an noticeable number earlier in the year, and now we’re swamped with them. Continue reading...
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Late-flying butterflies

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
29 September 2014 at 12:02
There’s been plenty of colour to enjoy in my autumn garden, and a host of fluttering visitors have been enjoying them as much as me. Continue reading...
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Cooking green tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
26 September 2014 at 09:52
I know many gardeners who use green tomatoes to make chutney, and others who throw them on the compost heap. But why don’t more of us eat them? Continue reading...
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Garden spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
24 September 2014 at 10:01
Despite the lurid tabloid headlines, we shouldn't be at all surprised that there are some large spiders in the garden. Continue reading...
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The best autumn-fruiting raspberries

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
22 September 2014 at 12:14
I’ve just spent some time at the RHS Garden at Wisley, wandering through rockery, alpine house, glasshouses and herbaceous borders. Continue reading...
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Corn smut

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
19 September 2014 at 10:00
I have corn smut. Or rather, my sweetcorn has smut. It's a rare fungus that ruins corn, and yet everyone I’ve spoken to about it is jealous. Continue reading...
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Indian summer

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
17 September 2014 at 14:13
Just when I’d started to panic about the weather turning chilly, we’re having what amounts to a second shot at summer. Continue reading...
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Apple tree varieties

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
15 September 2014 at 10:36
It's exciting when September arrives: with the final plums picked, cooked or frozen, I can enjoy the first of my home-grown apples. Continue reading...
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Of cabbage trees and starlings

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 September 2014 at 10:14
For the last week, a flock of around 20 starlings has descended daily on a nearby cabbage palm. Continue reading...
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