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Horseflies

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I hate horseflies. I cannot see why they've been put on this earth, or any possible benefit they have. Continue reading...
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The birch sawfly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[The children] were amazed when I told them that instead of a moth, the larva would turn into a sawfly the size of a hornet... Continue reading...
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The strange case of the wilting wisteria

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
First the leaves looked a bit droopy and exhausted, then they turned crispy and finally fell off, leaving the plant naked and neglected... Continue reading...
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Invasion of the golden hop

By Adam Pasco in Plants
When I first planted a golden hop against my arch some 15 years ago it was a well-behaved youngster... Continue reading...
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Growing strawberries

By Jane Moore in Allotments
Despite the dry conditions, my strawberries have been fantastic this year. I've got two beds with one variety growing in each - 'Florence' and 'Honeyoe'. Continue reading...
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Cuckoo

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
I'm still recovering from a recent night spent under canvas, which was particularly notable for a visit from our local cuckoo. Continue reading...
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Snakes in the grass

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I've dredged up from the back of my mind a statistic - something like 1 in 25 UK gardens with a pond will have a grass snake in it. Continue reading...
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Sir Joseph Banks

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Friday 19th June 2009 was the 189th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential people of the 18th century [...] Sir Joseph Banks. Continue reading...
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Dogs in the garden

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
Do dogs and gardening mix? I'd have to say yes, despite the state of my lawn! Continue reading...
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Watering vegetables

By Jane Moore in Allotments
When potatoes are in flower they need a lot of water, as this is when they're growing tubers. This time is known as the 'critical watering period'. Continue reading...
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