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Magpies in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 May 2012 at 09:50
This year there’s no Sid, no great tits and no blue tits. Just one fat magpie. Continue reading...
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Planting inspiration

By Andy Sturgeon in Gardeners' musings
03 May 2012 at 15:21
Driving around the country or gazing out of the window from a train is a great source of inspiration. Continue reading...
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Mealy cabbage aphid

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
02 May 2012 at 16:26
Conditions here have been so windy and wet that it amazes me how any pest can hold on firmly enough to be able to attack my plants. Continue reading...
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Controlling weeds

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
30 April 2012 at 14:02
After all this rain I can confidently predict that the next big area of growth will be ... weeds. Continue reading...
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Toad tadpoles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
26 April 2012 at 16:12
While frog tadpoles are secretive, hiding in mud and among oxygenators and plant roots, toad tadpoles are more adventurous. Continue reading...
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Plant envy

By Andy Sturgeon in Gardeners' musings
26 April 2012 at 11:32
The worst thing about this time of year is that, as everything starts growing, I see plants and think ‘I wish I had that’. Continue reading...
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Holly blue butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 April 2012 at 13:15
There is a touching courtship going on around the ivy hedge; the holly blues are playing kiss chase in the sunshine. Continue reading...
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Growing tulips

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
23 April 2012 at 16:34
Something very odd, and not very good, is going on with my tulips. Continue reading...
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Emptying the compost bin

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 April 2012 at 11:12
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine opened his compost bin and found a hedgehog and her babies staring back at him... Continue reading...
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Informal planting

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
18 April 2012 at 14:58
The RHS often asks for planting plans from designers of the show gardens at Chelsea, but I don’t know of any designer who actually produces one. Continue reading...
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