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Making hawthorn ketchup

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
16 November 2012 at 16:35
Yesterday I made hawthorn ketchup. I was pleasantly surprised - it was tangy, rich and fruity, the perfect accompaniment to veggie sausage and chips. Continue reading...

Cleaning out bird boxes

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
12 November 2012 at 15:38
Old nesting material can harbour diseases, pests and parasites, so remove all the debris and thoroughly sterilise the inside of the box with boiling water. Continue reading...
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Winter shelter for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 November 2012 at 14:32
This autumn, there’s been a steady stream of wildlife coming into my flat, as if there's some impending disaster and I live in an ark. Continue reading...

Hedgehog spotting

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
07 November 2012 at 12:03
There has been much woe expressed about the dramatic decline in hedgehogs, so I was pleased to hear some good news about them recently. Continue reading...

Ash tree dieback

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
06 November 2012 at 16:36
The spread of chalara dieback of ash trees is such a tragedy. But I’m glad that this potentially devastating infection is finally being taken seriously. Continue reading...

My favourite miscanthus grasses

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
05 November 2012 at 14:44
Most grasses are in their prime at this time of year, as they tend to flower late and gradually take on their autumn colours. Continue reading...
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Dog violets

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
02 November 2012 at 11:16
The leaves of dog violets are taking on a renewed vigour. I can almost see the flashes of purple that will dot the darkest corners of my garden in a few months. Continue reading...
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Halloween pumpkins

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
30 October 2012 at 10:29
Last weekend I had to do something I don’t like to do - I bought some pumpkins. I did my best to be discreet and not get spotted, but it all went horribly wrong. Continue reading...
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Protecting plants from cold weather

By Adam Pasco in Plants
29 October 2012 at 16:43
The sudden drop in temperature has got me flustered. There's so much still to do, and the most urgent job is to bring any tender plants under cover. Continue reading...
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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...