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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...