Growing honeysuckle

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
10 August 2012 at 16:44
Honeysuckles shouldn’t be tricky plants to grow, but they’re often planted in the wrong place, making them susceptible to downy mildew and aphids. Continue reading...
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Dealing with red spider mite

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
08 August 2012 at 10:38
Red spider mite loves warm, dry environments, so is often to be found decimating greenhouse and house plants. Continue reading...
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Summer seed sowing

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
06 August 2012 at 12:10
This is the first year I can recall when it's been almost impossible to sow outdoor crops directly into a well-prepared seedbed. Continue reading...
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Wet weather and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
03 August 2012 at 10:19
Last week I wrote that populations of slugs and snails have boomed this year, but how has other wildlife fared? Continue reading...
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Gatekeeper butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
01 August 2012 at 11:57
I’ve just submitted my two online reports for this year’s Big Butterfly Count. I know, from the start, that this is going to be a good year for gatekeepers. Continue reading...
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Phacelia tanacetifolia

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 July 2012 at 15:50
The plant upon which this happy insect is writhing is Phacelia tanacetifolia or scorpionweed, an annual, which is not only irresistible to bees, but also hoverflies [...] Continue reading...
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Snails

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
27 July 2012 at 10:33
In a normal year, I like snails. They don't trouble me as much as they seem to trouble other gardeners and I don't grow hostas. Continue reading...
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Tackling weeds on the veg plot

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
25 July 2012 at 15:15
I have the biggest, most vigorous and most infuriating weeds ever. They appear in the blink of an eye and set seed as soon as I turn my back. Continue reading...
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Feeding plants

By Adam Pasco in Plants
23 July 2012 at 17:23
Take a closer look at the leaves of plants and their colour will tell you whether the plant needs feeding or not. Continue reading...
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Swifts

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 July 2012 at 10:24
I’ve fallen in love with swifts this year. I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but now, every time I hear a screeching in the sky, my heart does a little dance. Continue reading...
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