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Holiday wildlife

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I am not, you might have guessed, in East Dulwich. I am in the village of Crofty, on the north side of the Gower Peninsula, overlooking the Loughor Estuary. Continue reading...
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The field maple

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A smallish tree reaching only about 20m tall, the field maple has a bark as fissured as the face of W.H. Auden, with a slightly corky texture. Continue reading...

Frogs, ponds and winterkill

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Two feral pigeons have taken to having a daily bath in my pond. I doubt this will please my frogs, but there's no danger of any ice forming if they continue splashing about in it. Continue reading...

Growing asparagus

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
A couple of years ago I finally took the plunge and planted an asparagus bed. Its a crop I'd never appreciated until a few years ago, but now I love it. Continue reading...

Memorial rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best. Continue reading...

Tidying your garden in autumn

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
In the October issue of Gardeners' World magazine, I ask Richard Jones and James Alexander-Sinclair for their views on autumn tidying in relation to the harm it can cause overwintering wildlife. Continue reading...

Garden wildlife and autumn tidying

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
In the latest issue of Gardeners' World magazine, I go head-to-head with James Alexander-Sinclair by suggesting that gardeners are doing more harm than good... Continue reading...

Garden wildlife

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
This garden teems with wildlife [...] we have birds a-go-go, the odd hedgehog and there is a grass snake in my compost heap that once sent a friend of mine into a gibbering swoon. Continue reading...

Grey mould

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Autumn has definitely arrived in my hill-top garden. The lawn is soaked in dew each morning and suddenly many of my crops have given up the ghost. Continue reading...

Green manure

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Green manures are the perfect organic fertiliser. They improve soil structure, suppress weeds and return nutrients to the soil. Continue reading...