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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...
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The nuthatch

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Tucking in to our home-made quiche, and carrot cake, I notice a small bird flickering about high up on the trunk of an old tree at the edge of the clearing. It's a nuthatch. Continue reading...
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Ash trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The woods around us consist mostly of ash trees, and every autumn we have a few weekends of frantic leaf collecting (particularly frantic around the chicken run). Continue reading...
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Identifying birdsong

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 February 2011 at 04:12
A friend of mine is being kept awake at night by a 'bird'. It starts singing at about 4.30am and continues until he gets up. Continue reading...
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Algae in the garden

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
Algae is harmless, but it's beginning to depress me. Its seemingly unstoppable spread is caused by the super-soggy weather we've had over the last few months. Continue reading...
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Growing veg in small spaces

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
When growing edible crops, it is essential to use your plot efficiently, especially if space is limited. Continue reading...
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Snowdrop days

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I always get so much more from garden visiting in winter. It's such a novelty being outside and there's so much promise of things to come... Continue reading...
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Wireworms and woodworms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Wireworms are the tough leathery larvae of click beetles, slim, smooth brown beetles that snap their bodies at the waist... Continue reading...
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Winter aconites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[The winter aconite] is shorter than its chum the snowdrop but has wider, more interesting leaves that are shaped a bit like baseball mitts. Continue reading...
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Valentine's Day flowers

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
It's Valentine's Day on Monday. Walking past a local florist yesterday I spotted buckets of red roses, sunflowers, gerbera and irises. Continue reading...
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