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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Growing radicchio

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
It's a little bitter, but absolutely delicious, and costs a fortune when you have it in restaurants or buy it from a delicatessen. Continue reading...

Moths and bats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
... it was no surprise to see the large dark outline of what was probably an old lady flapping past. What was a surprise was the sudden swoop of an animated black handkerchief... Continue reading...

Creating a pond

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The important thing about making natural ponds [...] is to make sure they look natural and not like puddles stranded in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading...

Gardening injuries

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Gardening injuries ... normally happen in spring, when the first sunny day of the year inspires hours of weeding, pruning and digging after a winter of sitting on the sofa eating pies. Continue reading...