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Garden birds and their predators

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] when a Siamese cat strutted along the back wall we contemplated the Mammal Society's and RSPB's calculations that cats kill some 55 million birds each year in the UK. Continue reading...
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Garden jobs for spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I am always in a panic at this time of year - there are so many things that need to be done. All before the end of March. So, the time has come to make a list. Continue reading...
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Pond plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Be Plant Wise, a government campaign to halt the spread of non-native, invasive pond plant species in our ponds, streams and rivers, was launched this week. Continue reading...
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Sowing seeds for home-made ratatouille

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The sky is grey, my toes are turning rigid in my boots and the rain is hammering down, but my thoughts are turning to the Mediterranean, and summer holidays. Continue reading...
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Patio climbers

By Adam Pasco in Plants
22 February 2010 at 14:36
Last summer I discovered a twining, tender climber called Lophospermum, or lofos. I bought two varieties, 'Burgundy Falls' and 'Summer Cream', as plug plants from a mail-order seed company. Continue reading...
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Eastern European vegetable varieties

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I'm not sure how I feel about super-rich Russians buying up British newspapers or football clubs, but there's one invasion I thoroughly approve of. Continue reading...
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Rare ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] you can find fascinating wildlife anywhere, even the smallest garden. All you have to do is watch and wait, and something will come along. Continue reading...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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