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Cosmos

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Cosmos was one of the first bedding plants I ever grew from seed, and still remains a favourite. It provides height to displays with an airiness few other plants can match... Continue reading...
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Autumn on the allotment

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I usually enjoy those first couple of weeks in September after my holidays, when things are starting to get autumnal. Then all of a sudden, without rhyme or reason, I feel I've had enough... Continue reading...
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Fungi

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[These curious toadstools] come with a health warning that they produce face-reddening, palpitations, tingling limbs, nausea and vomiting if combined with alcohol, even after two or three days... Continue reading...
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Wilting wisteria: an update

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A few months ago I wrote about the annoying loss of my wisteria that suddenly turned up its toes... Continue reading...
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Frogs in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I discovered seven baby frogs living in the drain at the back of our flat. I couldn't let them stay there... Continue reading...
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Damson trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
This year, for the first time, our damson tree has cropped. This seems to have been the best year for growing stone fruit in ages - the crop is enormous. Continue reading...
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What to do with a rotting tree

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
A friend recently showed me a photograph of his rotting plum tree, with woodlice crawling around the affected area. Were the woodlice a pest, and how should he get rid of them? Continue reading...
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Courgette rot

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
...the recent soggy, damp weather [...] has meant that all the later flowers on the courgettes and marrows have quickly rotted. Continue reading...
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Toad in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The last few days we've had a toad wandering about near the back door. It ambled out from under the guinea-pig's carpet off-cut weather cover... Continue reading...
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Foliage plants

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Although flowers usually steal the headlines, just think what your garden would look like without foliage. Continue reading...
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