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Growing sunflowers

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
We're challenging you to grow the world's tallest sunflower. The current world record for the tallest flower stands at 8.03m, and is held by German flight attendant Hans Peter Schiffer... Continue reading...

Moving magnolias

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
There is an 'ideal' way of doing most things, but we can't always garden 'by the book'. Sometimes it is nice to experiment, to try other methods. Continue reading...

Making plant pots from old newspaper

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
[...] I was always dubious about the idea of making small pots out of old newspaper. Surely they'll fall apart, I thought, and can't possibly be worth the bother. How wrong I was. Continue reading...

Eating weeds

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 March 2011 at 15:45
A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place, and in my garden ... the more green leafy weeds in my plot the better... Continue reading...

Cats and foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A few days ago a fox vaulted over the fence and landed on the two cats asleep just outside the back door. Fur flew. The poor beast didn't stand a chance. Continue reading...

Oak trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I always get a slight frisson looking at a strapping young tree that I once planted as an insubstantial whip. Continue reading...

Growing tomatoes: best tomatoes for flavour

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
This year I'm determined to only grow one variety of tomato. This is because my garden was overrun with tomato plants last year and I couldn't get onto my patio for growing bags... Continue reading...

Greenhouse temperatures

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
The temperature in my greenhouse is fluctuating wildly. It rockets during the day, when the weather is sunny, then plunges at night. The contrast is far more marked than last year. Continue reading...

Growing primulas

By Adam Pasco in Plants
There's nothing wrong with instant gratification. Who can resist the appeal of primulas at this time of year? Certainly not me. Continue reading...

Growing orange trees

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
I recently spent a few days in Barcelona. The orange trees growing in its streets were laden with fruit and looked stunning in the February sunshine. Continue reading...