Mouse in the compost bin

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
There's a mouse living in my compost bin. I first saw it one evening the other week, when I added a fresh layer of tomato side shoots and yellowing leaves. Continue reading...
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Grasshoppers, butterflies and wolf spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There, plodding through the yarrow and wild marjoram, is the biggest spider I have ever seen in Europe... Continue reading...
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Garden birds and poppies

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
If you look closely you notice that many [poppy seedheads] are full of little holes, which make them look quite spooky and skull-like. Continue reading...
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Plants that evoke memories

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
It's curious how plants - particularly scented ones - can trigger memories. Continue reading...
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Leaf scorch

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
Even though we've not had a great summer so far in Hampshire, the leaves of many of my garden plants are suffering from scorch. Continue reading...
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Growing fragrant sweet peas

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Ask any seed company to name their Top 10 bestselling flowers and you'll regularly find sweet peas in first place. Continue reading...
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Growing veg in containers: keep it cropping

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
As container-grown fruit and veg start to crop, it's important keep your eye on the ball to ensure they stay productive. Continue reading...
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Strasbourg

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm on my way through the old city of Strasbourg, and gardens here are vanishingly small. Continue reading...
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Starting a veg patch

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
My elder son Archie made his first vegetable garden this year, in the back garden of a slightly scummy, student infested house in deepest Peckham. Continue reading...
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Sunflowers and hoverflies

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
For me, the competition to grow a giant sunflower is over. My six sunflowers are either in flower or just about to bloom... Continue reading...
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