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Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 April 2012 at 10:25
Apparently there’s nothing like a foul-smelling bucket of leaves to get dung-flies going... Continue reading...
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Turkscap lilies

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
11 April 2012 at 16:38
The ritual of picking off red lily beetles [...] has begun, and I will soon be discovering flower stems snapped by footballs and dogs. Continue reading...
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Red squirrels

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 April 2012 at 15:45
[...] it has become a tradition of this blog that I bemoan the inadequacies of holiday cottage gardens. Well, we've outdone ourselves this time. Continue reading...
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Growing woodland anemones

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
09 April 2012 at 09:01
Anemone nemorosa, one of my favourite plants, is an early spring-flowering perennial that gets all of its business [...] out of the way before the trees come into leaf... Continue reading...
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Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

By Kate Bradbury in Allotments
05 April 2012 at 16:00
My colleague Tamsin and I have come to a decision: this year, on the office allotment, we're not going to grow any brassicas. Continue reading...
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Flowering in time for Chelsea

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
05 April 2012 at 09:50
At the nursery, Hortus Loci in Hampshire, the staff will be spending the next few weeks moving plants [...] to try to speed up and slow down flowering. Continue reading...
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Overwintering pests and diseases

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
03 April 2012 at 15:56
At this time of year, I am buzzing with excitement, watching buds that are bursting at the seams, full of energy and potential. Continue reading...
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Grow something different

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
02 April 2012 at 09:52
The joys of gardening include trying new plants and exploring novel growing techniques. Fortunately this year I've plenty of new projects to keep me busy. Continue reading...
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Ladybird pupae

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 March 2012 at 18:25
Last summer I developed a bit of an obsession with the ladybird lifecycle. I collected the pupae of harlequin ladybirds, put each one in a jam jar and waited to see what emerged... Continue reading...
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Chaos and serendipity

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
28 March 2012 at 14:40
I’ve always tried to make my Chelsea gardens as realistic as possible [...] This year, as ever, the pursuit of reality is presenting me with something of a quandary. Continue reading...
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