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Flower show season

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
While the large flower shows are pretty mind-blowing it's the local flower shows that get me excited about growing plants and vegetables. Continue reading...
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First butterflies of the year

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A green-veined white, Pieris napi, was the first to appear, fluttering down to examine the mock orange flowers. Continue reading...
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Cherry blossom

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The country is awash with cherry blossom. From wild cherries in spinneys to extravagant garden displays. Continue reading...
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Growing chilli peppers

By Adam Pasco in Plants
How tastes change. Going back five years, I hardly remember ever cooking with chillies, but today I use them nearly every week. Continue reading...
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Sowing seeds indoors

By Jane Moore in Allotments
The wet weekend was far more suited to sowing seeds indoors than pluckily plodding on outside. Continue reading...
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Weeds and wildflowers

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
What's the difference between wildflowers and weeds? They're at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to acceptability in the garden, but are they really so different? Continue reading...
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Death-watch beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I wasn't spooked by the nocturnal ticking, but it was a tad irritating trying to get to sleep the first couple of nights with this amorous percussion going on all around us... Continue reading...
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Primulas

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I got a very lovely surprise in the post this week. Not chocolate, [...] not riches beyond compare, [...] but lots of small packets of seed. Continue reading...
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Plant support

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I always have a dilemma in April, choosing the right plant supports for my tall border perennials... Continue reading...
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Growing onions and shallots

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I haven't grown shallots for a few years, so am looking forward to the results. Continue reading...
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