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Bumblebees in the compost bin

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We have a bumblebee nest in our compost bin. I first noticed them a month ago when the first few workers started coming and going. Continue reading...
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Build me up buttercup

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
For me, buttercups will always be a reminder of early summer, of lush young grass and slightly debauched picnics. Continue reading...
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Companion plants

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Organic gardeners usually refer to companion plants as those deterring pests in some way. Tagetes planted alongside tomatoes and crops is a good example... Continue reading...
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Growing kale

By Jane Moore in Allotments
There are always a few jobs that I hate doing at this time of year. One of them is pulling out the overwintered plants that have flowered and set seed. Continue reading...
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Gardening with children

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Recently I've been volunteering at my children's school, helping to teach youngsters how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Continue reading...
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First damselfly of the season

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Visiting an old friend in West Dulwich last week I saw the first damselfly of the season. Continue reading...
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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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