Harlequin ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We are being invaded. I had not seen many harlequin ladybirds in my garden this year, but a few weeks ago I noticed that the larvae were climbing over the hedge from next door, in droves... Continue reading...
28 comments

Boston ivy and Virginia creeper

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
My favourite plant at this time of year is a magnificent Parthenocissus that covers an old building nearby... Continue reading...
9 comments

Pumpkins for Halloween

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I love growing pumpkins. They're great fun and the results are incredible, although they're not the prettiest plants. Continue reading...
12 comments

Growing broccoli

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
It has always infuriated me that I've never been able to grow a halfway decent crop of either of the two brassicas I do like: broccoli and cauliflower Continue reading...
27 comments

Chrysanthemums

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Simply mentioning their name can provoke a rather snooty look of disdain. Chrysanths are very popular, but often considered brash and 'common'... Continue reading...
14 comments

Quicker compost

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
[...] my husband put in a built-in bin for uncooked kitchen waste under the sink. The next breakthrough was the appearance of an old tin jug in the bathroom to catch the early morning wee. Continue reading...
29 comments

Sparrowhawk overhead

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I though the four-year-old and his friend were being noisy on the trampoline, but they were not the source of the shrill screaming last Friday... Continue reading...
46 comments

Annual climbers

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...As the name [morning glory] suggests, they have mostly faded away by lunchtime although, at this time of year, they last much longer. Continue reading...
8 comments

Growing daffodils

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I've been on a bit of a bulb-buying frenzy lately, and have more bags of narcissus than I know what to do with... Continue reading...
15 comments

Planting garlic

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Although I've stored a lot of garlic in plaits and loose in trays, to see me through the coming months, I've already started planting bulbs for the 2010 crop... Continue reading...
34 comments