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Do we really want wildlife in our gardens?

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm afraid I've been rather disparaging about fat balls and landscape gardeners again. Continue reading...
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Growing pumpkins

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
I have carved pumpkins for my children, and it's a tough job. Pumpkin flesh is too hard for a spoon, and not quite solid enough for a chisel or power tools. Continue reading...
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Overwintering chillies

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
[...] for the last three years I have overwintered chilli plants, albeit with varying degrees of success. Continue reading...
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Protecting plants from frost

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
We had our first frost the other night. The next morning we were out at 6am, clearing the car windscreen. Continue reading...
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Worm composting all year round

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
I'm a great fan of wormeries. I feed all my kitchen waste to the hungry brandling worms inside the wormery bins, which turn it into wonderful compost. Continue reading...
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Guerrilla gardening and planting tulips

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Last Sunday was International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Planting Day. Continue reading...
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Hornets

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Despite their size and loud buzzing, hornets are the most docile of our social wasps, and also the most secretive. Continue reading...
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The winged spindle

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The leaves are 70 shades of scarlet, and they contrast with the extraordinary orange seeds and pink seed-pods. The whole plant makes an eyeball-searing spectacle - almost hallucinogenic. Continue reading...
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Cats in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
A local cat has found my garden. It was only a matter of time, I suppose, after I had made the frogs, birds and mouse so welcome. Continue reading...
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Autumn heatwave

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
A disappointingly cold summer is often followed by predictions of a late heatwave. The predictions don't usually come true. Continue reading...
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