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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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Watering the allotment

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I only water plants that look as if they might die - it's the 'tough love' school of vegetable growing! Continue reading...
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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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