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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...

Protecting fruit from birds

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
[...] my apple crop has been pretty good on most trees, but there's just one problem. A much larger proportion of fruit than ever before has been pecked on the tree... Continue reading...

Vine weevils again

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
The leaves of my plants look like jigsaw puzzle pieces, and I frequently sit at the table at night, watching the adults climb to the top of my patio windows and 'drop' into my large pots to do their worst. Continue reading...