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Saving seed

By Jane Moore in Allotments
Before I knew it, the leeks and a solitary parsnip were in full flower and producing seed, so I thought I'd collect the seed to sow next year. Continue reading...
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Night-scented plants

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
A perfume-filled balmy evening in the garden is heaven on earth... who can help but feel a wash of pleasure when experiencing all that a rose-clad arbour has to offer? Continue reading...
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Pyramidal orchids

By Richard Jones in Plants
I've commented before that I don't think 'wildlife' should refer to animals only. It should also include plants, even though most wild plants are referred to as weeds... Continue reading...
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Judging at Hampton Court

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Sometimes it seems that the public perception of the RHS judging process is that it involves a lot of crusty old men, chuntering on... Continue reading...
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Agapanthus

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Knowing exactly how to care for plants is a matter of judgement and experience. Many plants need treating with tender loving care, but others can benefit from 'mean' treatment. Continue reading...
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Allotment friends

By Jane Moore in Allotments
One of the greatest pleasures of allotment life is getting to know my neighbours. Ron, Beryl, Vic and Tony are a lovely bunch, although we disagree on quite a few things. Continue reading...
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Potato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I have a horrible feeling that potato blight is just around the corner. The weather has been just perfect for this horrible fungal infection to wreak havoc on everyone's home-grown spuds. Continue reading...
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Asparagus beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To my mind, the asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi, is one of our most beautiful insects. Continue reading...
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The coyote willow

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The shoots are the runners of one of my favourite plants, Salix exigua, or the coyote willow. Continue reading...
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Controlling slugs and snails with copper

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
This season I've discovered the versatility of copper in my battle with Britain's No.1 garden pest... Continue reading...
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