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Using nettles in the kitchen

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
21 November 2014 at 07:12
I’m not a fan of autumn so signs of spring are very welcome, and a hearty nettle soup is just the tonic for winter blues. Continue reading...
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Collecting animal skulls

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
14 November 2014 at 11:19
I seem to have developed an interest in bones. Not for purposes of enriching the soil or anything to do with biodynamic growing practices; I just like them. Continue reading...
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Lambs' ears and woolly bees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
07 November 2014 at 09:41
Stachys byzantina is named after its velvety, blue-green leaves, said to resemble lambs' ears. But of course I'm not growing them for how they'll look. Continue reading...
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Planting bulbs and hiding bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
31 October 2014 at 10:29
I spent a lovely afternoon in the autumn sunshine on Monday, planting bulbs. They were planted in pots and troughs, on windowsills, steps and next to doors. Continue reading...
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Ivy bees and ivy flowers

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 October 2014 at 11:07
At last, I have found ivy bees. For the last three autumns I've routinely scoured ivy flowers in London to no avail. But last week I found what I was looking for. Continue reading...
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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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