One for the woad

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
When I was at school we used to sing a song (to the tune of Men of Harlech) which went "Tramp up Snowdon, with our woad on. Never mind if we get rained or snowed on!" Continue reading...
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Rhubarb bursts forth

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
Hidden from view by its terracotta overcoat for the past few months, it's impossible to know exactly how the rhubarb beneath is developing without peeping. Continue reading...
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Seedlings and onion sets

By Jane Moore in Allotments
All the shallots and onions I planted are sprouting away happily. And only a few of them have popped out of the ground and needed pushing back. That always happens with sets, doesn't it? Continue reading...
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Wind-damaged garden

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The wind lately has been something else! I can't remember the last time we had such extraordinarily strong winds hit the garden. Continue reading...
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Wolf spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There are wolf spiders all over my garden, so last week I had the Ivydale School Natural History Club semaphore signalling across the classroom. There is a connection ... honest. Continue reading...
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Cow parsley

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Cow parsley is a pretty biennial native plant that scatters itself along roadsides and hedgerows. Continue reading...
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Perfect hostas

By Adam Pasco in Plants
It's hard to believe how quickly plants have grown in my garden over the past few weeks. My hostas are doing particularly well. Continue reading...
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Laura's allotment

By Jane Moore in Allotments
Bank holiday weekend was a bit of a blur, it went by so quickly. I didn't spend it on my allotment I'm rather sad to say, especially as the weather was so lovely. Continue reading...
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Strawberry flowers

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Last year I ripped out an old strawberry bed as the plants had gone past their best. As if by magic, I was sent some new strawberry varieties. Continue reading...
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The brimstone moth

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Last week there were 13 newts in the pond, we couldn't move for holly blues and then the swifts were back. Continue reading...
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