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Mulch, mulch, mulch

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
This week a huge pile of manure arrived. Brown, crumbly and pleasantly pungent it sat on my drive, lightly steaming and awaiting transfer to my newly cut down borders. Continue reading...
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Gardening clothes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Does it matter what one wears for gardening? Obviously most people look for warmth in winter, cool in summer and comfort all year; elegance is not much of a consideration. Continue reading...
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Free range chickens

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
If you have been struck by the sad plight of the battery hen recently then remember one important fact: chickens are rubbish gardeners. Continue reading...
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Apple trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
All the decent apples that we grow for fruit today come from grafted stock because apple trees grown from seeds will, almost always, taste sour enough to scour the enamel from your teeth. Continue reading...
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Barking mad

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
In order to sharpen your winter brains I thought that a short quiz would be interesting... Continue reading...
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Christmas compost

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Like politics and football, everybody seems to have an opinion about compost. About the only thing that we all agree about is that compost is a good thing... Continue reading...
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...and so to bed

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There is a tendency among some gardeners to look down their noses at bedding. I admit that I used to share their prejudices. Continue reading...
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Pussy galore

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Like Richard I too own a cat of which I am quite fond - she is what my daughter calls "middle sized" in other words tending towards the tubby. She is very good at sleeping and dismembering mice on my office floor. Continue reading...
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Wheely quite interesting

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
In an idle moment this week (while sitting waiting for a temporary traffic light on the A5, if you really want to know) I found myself thinking about wheelbarrows. Continue reading...
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More verbosity about Verbenas...

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I wanted to add my voice to a theme that has already been breached on these pages by the blessed Adam and responded to by a number of you. Continue reading...
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