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Harvesting apples

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
17 October 2014 at 10:00
I spent a day last week harvesting apples – the cooker ‘Bramley’s Seedling’, something similar to ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and 'Egremont Russet'. Continue reading...
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Feeding garden birds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
10 October 2014 at 16:16
I’m writing this post from my mother’s living room. I’m sitting on her ‘reading chair’ looking out to her new bird feeding station... Continue reading...
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Summer clings on

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
03 October 2014 at 10:00
September was the driest since records began, and it was unusually warm, as well. This contrasts with August, which was the eighth wettest on record. Continue reading...
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Cooking green tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
26 September 2014 at 09:52
I know many gardeners who use green tomatoes to make chutney, and others who throw them on the compost heap. But why don’t more of us eat them? Continue reading...
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Corn smut

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
19 September 2014 at 10:00
I have corn smut. Or rather, my sweetcorn has smut. It's a rare fungus that ruins corn, and yet everyone I’ve spoken to about it is jealous. Continue reading...
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Of cabbage trees and starlings

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 September 2014 at 10:14
For the last week, a flock of around 20 starlings has descended daily on a nearby cabbage palm. Continue reading...
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Compost heaps and bean trenches

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
05 September 2014 at 10:00
I conducted an experiment on the allotment this year: rather than putting weeds and kitchen waste onto a large heap, I dug them into a trench. Continue reading...
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Signs of autumn

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
29 August 2014 at 09:34
Autumn does seem to have come a little early this year. I wonder if it’s because we had such a good start to summer, followed by a few weeks of rain. Continue reading...
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Trees for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
22 August 2014 at 06:35
For several years I've been battling with the gardeners of the communal garden in my block of flats, in a bid to encourage them to be a little more wildlife friendly. Continue reading...
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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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