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Urban foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I think we have foxes living under our garden shed. I first noticed the scratching in the soil a week or so ago. It didn’t look like very much excavation had occured... Continue reading...
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The mock orange

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Although the planting in my garden is predominantly herbaceous, I will always have room for the begetter of that fabulous scent: the philadelphus, or mock orange. Continue reading...
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Cuckoo spit

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Yesterday I discovered cuckoo spit on my red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It's considered a pest by many gardeners, but, for me, it's a symbol of great achievement... Continue reading...
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Watering plants

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
In most years I usually plant some of the more tender veg crops, such as courgette and squash, by late April. If I had done so this year, the plants would be dead by now [...] Continue reading...
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Plant supports

By Adam Pasco in Plants
In the past two-three weeks my perennial plants have soared upwards, and being preoccupied with other parts of the garden I took my eye off the ball. Continue reading...
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Grow your own chutney

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I love pointing to a jar of chutney, knowing I've grown all the ingredients used to make it ... Isn't cold meat, crusty white bread and chutney one of the great culinary combinations? Continue reading...
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The greater bulb fly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
In the bright heat of this week's baking sunlight, a buzz of black and orange fur announces the arrival of what I think is one our cuddliest hoverflies. Continue reading...
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Chelsea 2010: my verdict

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I don't think I have a hope of achieving the 'Chelsea look'. My garden is far too scruffy, most of my plants have been nibbled by caterpillars... Continue reading...
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
It's Chelsea Flower Show this week: the biggest and most famous show in the world. The tickets sold out very early but for those of you lucky enough to be going here are a few tips - both practical and aesthetic. Continue reading...
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Surviving the Chelsea Flower Show

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I love Chelsea, in spite of the sore shoulders I get from carrying press releases, the aching knees from traipsing around all day and the weird cough that comes on in the middle of the Floral Marquee. Continue reading...
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