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Local plants (for local people)

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
In last week's Observer Magazine, Dan Pearson wrote about collecting berries from hedgerows near him, so he could grow plants with local provenance. Continue reading...
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Waxwings

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Yes, we have no waxwings. Strange as this may seem, they appear to be avoiding south-east London. They're everywhere else though [...] Continue reading...
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2011 in the garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Rather than pestering you with annoying resolutions which few people outside a hilltop monastery can manage, I will, instead, give you a list of wishes... Continue reading...
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What to do with your old Christmas tree

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Where I live Christmas trees must be left in a brown bin (for food and garden waste), to ensure they will be recycled, otherwise they end up in landfill. Continue reading...
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Growing cress

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I love growing cress. The seed is ridiculously cheap, and incredibly quick to germinate. And, of course, growing cress is a great way of introducing children to the pleasures of gardening. Continue reading...
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Winter Wonderland

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
What a December we've had! I can't remember anything quite like this before. Can you? Continue reading...
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My gardening year

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I watched the evolution of the plot from courtyard to garden as more and more creatures visited it... Continue reading...
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Footprints in the snow

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The heavy blanket is as much a duvet of silence, as a quilt of whiteness. But the deepening gloom as the sun goes down is not as empty as it might first appear. Continue reading...
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Parsnips

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Before the introduction of the potato to Europe in 1536, the parsnip was a much more mainstream vegetable than it is now. Continue reading...
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Composting in winter

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
My compost bin fills up every winter ... with all the freezing temperatures of late the composting process has come to a complete standstill. Continue reading...
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