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...

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...

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...


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...


By Richard Jones in Wildlife
29 August 2012 at 10:44
“It’s either a really big moth, or there’s a bat in the bedroom,” So I was woken from deep sleep into the deep blackness of our French holiday gite, just over a week ago. Continue reading...


By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
27 August 2012 at 15:10
We know a fair bit about bee-friendly plants [...] but I am currently toying with the idea of going one step further and actually getting a hive of bees Continue reading...

Daddy longlegs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 August 2012 at 16:15
Have you ever looked at a crane fly close up? They’re amazing, like a cross between an elephant and a helicopter [...] Continue reading...