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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 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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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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