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Gardening mistakes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It is a good moment to look back on the triumphs and disasters in our gardens and to make notes so that we do not make the same mistakes again. Continue reading...
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Planting spring bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Spring bulbs don't just provide us with a burst of colour to remind us that summer is on its way. They provide insects with nectar, which is essential for feeding them up again... Continue reading...
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Growing tomatoes outdoors

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I don't often grow tomatoes outdoors, but this year I planted out leftovers from the greenhouse, which became massive and hugely productive. Continue reading...
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Growing zinnias

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Why is it that you rarely see zinnias in summer bedding displays? Do they give the impression of being an old-fashioned flower? Continue reading...
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Growing aubergines

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
This year ... I decided to pit three grafted aubergine plants against three plants grown in the conventional manner (from seed, on their own roots) to see which would 'win'. Continue reading...
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Dead thrushes and the bloody nose beetle

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To Soicherons, Villars-Dompierre, in the Cote d'Or region of France for two weeks and the wildlife here is subtly different to that in East Dulwich. Continue reading...
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Gardening books: holiday reading

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
[...] a holiday is not really a proper holiday without a couple of books to while away moments of idleness. May I suggest a couple of excellent garden-related books for your consideration? Continue reading...
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Artificial grass

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
When the news broke that sales of artificial grass are soaring, it struck me that a fake lawn might have been a better option for my small patch... Continue reading...
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Birds, wasps and fruit

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The peaches ('Avalon') cropped brilliantly, producing the biggest fruits yet, but as soon as they approached ripeness, the wasps attacked. Continue reading...
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Verbena bonariensis

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Will our love affair with Verbena bonariensis ever wane? This fabulous flower looks as good growing individually among low border plants as it does planted en masse. Continue reading...
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