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Greenhouse heating

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
While I'm turning the heat down in my home to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions, here I am considering heating my greenhouse to protect plants and provide warmth for early sowings. Continue reading...

Growing shallots

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
When I first started growing shallots I did so on the advice of Sam, on our allotment [...] He told me to plant shallots on the shortest day and harvest them on the longest. Continue reading...

Birds: thrushes and fieldfares

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
20 January 2010 at 16:31
When I peered out later in the day, the apple tree was bending under the burden of several plump ... birds. Continue reading...

Summer flowers: a personal Top 10

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I don't know about you lot but I'm extremely bored of snow, frost and cold, and I need something distinctly unwintery to lift my spirits. Continue reading...

Garden birds and the Big Garden Birdwatch

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 January 2010 at 18:07
With so many people reporting sightings of unusual birds in their gardens I'm struggling to entice anything other than pigeons to my plot. Continue reading...

Snow and ice in the garden

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
Yesterday at a Gardeners' Question Time recording it was amazing to hear that Eric's Cumbrian plot had only had 5cm of snow. Not so here in Hampshire. Continue reading...

Garden bird care in winter

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
The danger of frozen water pipes is on my mind during this freezing weather, but I'm also concerned that garden birds are suffering, too. Continue reading...

Growing potatoes

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
After I took the Christmas decorations to the shed this morning - always a tinge of sadness - I stopped off at the greenhouse to harvest the last of our Christmas potatoes. Continue reading...

Snow plants

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Oh snow, where were you in London on Christmas day? Why are you here now, hampering our efforts to burn off mince pies through brisk gardening? Continue reading...

Butterfly chrysalis

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The speckled wood is a slim elegant creature, with large broad brown wings, and yet the squat green pupa under the frisbee looked wholly other. Continue reading...