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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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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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