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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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Nectaroscordum of the gods

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
While I'm always smitten by the spherical flowers of most alliums [...] I'm particularly fond of the greater subtlety of nectaroscordum. Continue reading...
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Pruning wisteria

By Adam Pasco in Plants
For the past few weeks I've been enjoying the wonderful sight of my weeping wisteria coming into flower. Continue reading...
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More seed sowing

By Jane Moore in Allotments
The parsnips should have been in weeks ago I know, along with the beetroot, turnips swedes and so forth. But it's not the end of the world - my first crops will either be a bit later than everybody else's or I'll harvest a few baby vegetables. Continue reading...
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Staking fruit trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
As I walked around the fruit trees in our mini-orchard last week, I was horrified to discover that a few of them had grown too big for the ties I'd used when staking them. Continue reading...
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Bee roads

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
According to the old adage: a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. So what is a swarm of bees in April worth? Continue reading...
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Look at your bulbs

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
One of the most important jobs at this time of year [...] can be done very easily wearing quite inappropriate footwear and clutching a glass of something. Continue reading...
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Exotic colour in April

By Adam Pasco in Plants
...sometimes you don't want your garden to look like everyone else's, and would prefer a plant or two that few others have. Continue reading...
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Weeds on the allotment

By Jane Moore in Allotments
The weeds are growing like mad this year. They seem to love the combination of spring showers and sunshine we've been having lately. Sadly, the fine weather is having as positive effect on the weeds as it is on me. Continue reading...
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