Ragwort

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
18 July 2012 at 10:39
Ragwort is a native plant, and its biodiversity importance rests on its food-plant status for over 30 insect species. Continue reading...
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Cleavers

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
12 July 2012 at 13:42
I want to complain about Galium aparine, aka cleavers, goose grass or sticky weed. It’s an annual weed endowed with great persistence [...] Continue reading...
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Big Butterfly Count

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 July 2012 at 13:40
How many butterflies have you seen in your garden this year? I’ll hazard a guess: not many. Continue reading...
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Growing and storing onions and garlic

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
10 July 2012 at 12:15
The absence of good summer weather has meant that many of my onions are ‘bull-necked,’ or unusually wide at the neck end. Continue reading...
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Growing cucumbers

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
09 July 2012 at 16:27
Thank goodness for the greenhouse. When garden life has been one long round of heavy rain [...] it's been great having somewhere to continue gardening. Continue reading...
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Lawns and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
06 July 2012 at 08:05
I often hear people complain that a closely clipped lawn has no value to wildlife. Continue reading...
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Gardeners' World poetry competition 2012

By Sarah Langan in Gardeners' musings
04 July 2012 at 13:10
I was a judge in last year’s Gardeners’ World poetry competition and I am really happy to be doing it again this year. Continue reading...
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Pond snails

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
04 July 2012 at 10:22
[...] pond snails are much more delicate than their terrestrial counterparts — slimmer and more elegant. Continue reading...
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Flowery meadows

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
03 July 2012 at 10:50
The idea of skipping hand in hand through fields of waving daisies and beaming cornflowers, or seeing fields of gently swaying wheat, studded with scarlet poppies, is compelling. Continue reading...
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Baby blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 June 2012 at 10:12
I was clearing dead plants from my shed’s green roof when I heard the call of baby blue tits... Continue reading...
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