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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...

Dragonfly nymphs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Peering into the [...] water, after the initial algal bloom and water-flea dance auditions, I can see some squat mud-coloured gargoyles resting menacingly just below the water line. Continue reading...

Carnivorous plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 September 2010 at 16:47
To small boys the fact that [the Venus fly trap] cannot devour live chickens or younger sisters will always be a disappointment. Continue reading...

Garden centres revisited

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
My recent comments on this blog certainly generated some interesting responses, and it appears many of you think garden centres could do more to inspire their customers. Continue reading...


By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
It hasn't been an easy growing year, with very hot, dry spells followed by regular downpours, but the pelargoniums have been in flower since spring and are still going strong. Continue reading...

Autumn lawn care

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
Thinking back to the brown expanse that took centre stage in my garden during the summer drought, and how subsequent rainfall brought it back from the dead, I marvel at the resilience of grass. Continue reading...

Signing off

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
It's time to say goodbye! This is going to be my last blog for a while because I'm preparing for exams, so it's a case of 'something's got to give'. Continue reading...

Slug sex

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It may sound like a bit of a joke, but slugs are the supreme sexual acrobats, and their mating gyrations are sensuous well beyond the limits of their apparently simple slimy bodies. Continue reading...