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Geoffrey Smith

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
His description of freshly picked pears and how the juice dribbled down his chin is legendary, and better than most arguments for growing your own fruit! Continue reading...
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Shieldbugs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I love this clunky green beast, with its clockwork waddle and slight marzipan scent. Continue reading...
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Gardening and cigarette cards

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I've found an interesting artefact, a remnant of a time long gone. Lurking in a cupboard I discovered an old album of Cigarette Cards assembled by my father in 1939. Continue reading...
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Geoffrey Smith

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
I was deeply saddened to hear news that the gardening legend Geoffrey Smith died on Friday. Continue reading...
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Weedkiller in manure: update

By Jane Moore in Allotments
It's this time of year when the allotments become a frenzy of activity. Everyone is digging, composting and manuring like mad. Continue reading...
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Frost-proof pots

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
We're all meant to be making more environmentally friendly choices and buying products that will last, rather than break within a few months and need replacing. Continue reading...
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Spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 February 2009 at 15:17
There's a spider the size of a gardening glove in my compost bin. It obviously gets a good living in there, feeding on the flies, woodlice, beetles and earwigs... Continue reading...
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Winter iris

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
One of the very earliest of flowering bulbs in many gardens is Iris reticulata, which is flowering away right now. Continue reading...
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Rose pruning

By Adam Pasco in Plants
It's rose pruning time again. I could debate the merits of autumn pruning over spring, but I've always believed spring really is the best time to tackle pruning. Continue reading...
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Roman remains on the allotment

By Jane Moore in Allotments
...beneath the allotment site it's highly likely that there is a Roman villa, complete with a tessellated pavement. Continue reading...
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