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Using green tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
21 September 2012 at 10:25
From my two outdoor-grown tomato plants, I’ve harvested just two ripe tomatoes. But, luckily, I found a recipe for green tomato relish. Continue reading...
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Pests and diseases aplenty

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
19 September 2012 at 09:02
I had a wonderful time diagnosing plant problems. It was my idea of heaven – a long queue of people armed with bags containing all manner of sickly plants. Continue reading...
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Growing colchicums

By Adam Pasco in Plants
17 September 2012 at 11:59
Take your bulb, place it on a windowsill, then enjoy the flowers. With autumn-flowering colchicums, that’s all you have to do for an almost instant display. Continue reading...
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Dung beetles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 September 2012 at 17:47
I can’t describe how excited I was to have a dung beetle in my garden. I’d only ever seen them in the Lake District, where, presumably, they have a lovely existence breaking down sheep pellets. Continue reading...
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Leaf-cutter bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2012 at 10:08
We have leaf-cutter bees nesting in the wind chimes. These, however, being bamboo, never so much chimed as clonked. Continue reading...
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Growing yew hedges

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
10 September 2012 at 11:38
People are sometimes scared to plant yew, partly because the berries are poisonous [...] and also because they worry that it will grow too slowly. Continue reading...
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September in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
07 September 2012 at 14:44
The cold, wet weather in May and June dampened my spirit for sowing seeds and staking plants, and any attempts to redress this were hampered by snails in July. Continue reading...
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Late-flourishing veg

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
05 September 2012 at 16:20
Sometimes I feel the weather is mocking me. After the worst growing season I’ve ever known, my veg crops are having a new lease of life. Continue reading...
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Growing runner beans

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
03 September 2012 at 11:19
My runner beans have been cropping well for a few weeks now, and aren't just doing well because they have the right weather conditions to flourish. Continue reading...
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Goldfinches

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
31 August 2012 at 10:20
[...] when I heard a chattering in the garden last week, I instantly got up to investigate, and was amazed to see two goldfinches squabbling over the sunflower hearts. Continue reading...
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