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The National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Last week marked the beginning of a very important part of the gardening year. It was the official launch of the National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book. Continue reading...

Most loved plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Why is it that we have no trouble expressing our dislikes, but when it comes to things we love, we're more reticent? Continue reading...

Seed potatoes

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The first of the snowdrops are up, my daffodils are romping away - I can almost believe that spring will actually arrive. But it's the seed potatoes that are really firing me up. Continue reading...

The best vegetable varieties

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
[...] my seed and plant order has now grown to such an extent that I'm going to need to dig up half my flower garden to accommodate them all! Continue reading...

Growing raspberries

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
In our family we say strawberries are the Beatles of the fruit world, but raspberries, which are more rock 'n roll, are the Rolling Stones. Continue reading...

Hoverfly puparia

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The snow has gone completely now, and I take these latent packages as a good sign that spring is coming. Continue reading...

Apple trees: 'Cox's Orange Pippin'

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
In the summer of 1825 Mrs Cox was sitting in the garden - probably enjoying the sun and, perhaps embroidering a sampler or engaged in some similar 19th Century pursuit... Continue reading...

Gardening to reduce your carbon footprint

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
How hard would it be to design green roofs for cars? Just imagine: you stop off to pick up some groceries, and on returning to your car, you find it's alive with the sight and sound of butterflies... Continue reading...

Greenhouse cleaning

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I've been spring cleaning. The greenhouse, of course, not the house. Somehow the lure of the compost and seed trays was much greater than that of the vacuum cleaner and duster. Continue reading...

Dead frogs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
This week at we've received lots of letters, emails and blog comments from people who have found dead frogs in their pond. Continue reading...