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Making plum vodka

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
15 August 2014 at 10:00
For the last 10 years, my mum has made plum vodka for the Big Boxing Day Family Party, using plums from her Victoria plum tree. Continue reading...
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A week of caterpillars

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
08 August 2014 at 10:00
For me, at least, it has been a week of caterpillars. Caterpillars on the allotment, caterpillars in the supermarket car park, caterpillars in the country. Continue reading...
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Fellowship on the forum

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
01 August 2014 at 07:14
Something lovely happened this year. A group of gardeners, who met on the gardenersworld.com forum, got together to help other gardeners affected by the winter flooding. Continue reading...
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Water butts and hoverflies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
25 July 2014 at 13:41
There has been a lot of talk about mosquitoes lately, not least the suggestion that stagnant water in water butts is increasing urban populations of mosquitoes. Continue reading...
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Holly blue butterflies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
18 July 2014 at 15:42
There have been lots of holly blue butterflies flitting around the ivy in my garden lately. I’m hoping they’re laying eggs... Continue reading...
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Moving house

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
09 July 2014 at 09:00
I’m at my mum’s for a week, helping her move house. The packing of boxes and cleaning has largely been done – my job is to move the garden. Continue reading...
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The best way to grow potatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
04 July 2014 at 10:00
I've harvested the first of the year’s home-grown new potatoes. It got me thinking: what’s the best way to grow potatoes? Continue reading...
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Plume moths

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 June 2014 at 16:36
I visited my mum last weekend. On arrival we exchanged pleasantries, she asked me to fix the bathroom tap, and then she got down to business: “Now. I saw a butterfly the other day. It was pinkish, and had thin wings.” Continue reading...
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New tortoiseshell butterflies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 June 2014 at 10:09
The caterpillars I rescued from a nettle patch sprayed with weedkiller have turned out to be small tortoiseshells. Continue reading...
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Urban foxes on the allotment

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 June 2014 at 17:52
Over the years Costas, my allotment neighbour, has befriended a male fox, who visits him daily for Rich Tea biscuits. Continue reading...
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