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Winter shelter for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 November 2012 at 14:32
This autumn, there’s been a steady stream of wildlife coming into my flat, as if there's some impending disaster and I live in an ark. Continue reading...
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Dog violets

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
02 November 2012 at 11:16
The leaves of dog violets are taking on a renewed vigour. I can almost see the flashes of purple that will dot the darkest corners of my garden in a few months. Continue reading...
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Planting acorns

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
26 October 2012 at 11:48
Yesterday I popped an acorn into a pot of compost. I've no idea what I'll do with it when it's germinated, but, for now, I have the beginnings of an oak tree in my flat. Continue reading...
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Growing winter salad leaves

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
19 October 2012 at 16:39
My rocket is cropping nicely and my lamb’s lettuce should be ready in a couple of weeks. But I'll sow more - my aim is to have fresh salads until December. Continue reading...
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Planting snake's head fritillaries

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
12 October 2012 at 15:48
My favourite spring bulb is the beautiful snake’s head fritillary, with its exquisite chequered flowers, and I’ve just planted 20 bulbs in the green roof on my shed. Continue reading...
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Wildlife ponds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
05 October 2012 at 17:16
I would like a bigger garden and three ponds. Why three? Well, they would be of different sizes and depths, and therefore attract a wide range of wildlife. Continue reading...
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A difficult year for wasps

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
28 September 2012 at 13:00
This week has marked a change in insect behaviour in my garden – some insects have started looking for a dry place to hibernate. Continue reading...
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Using green tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
21 September 2012 at 10:25
From my two outdoor-grown tomato plants, I’ve harvested just two ripe tomatoes. But, luckily, I found a recipe for green tomato relish. Continue reading...
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Dung beetles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 September 2012 at 17:47
I can’t describe how excited I was to have a dung beetle in my garden. I’d only ever seen them in the Lake District, where, presumably, they have a lovely existence breaking down sheep pellets. Continue reading...
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September in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
07 September 2012 at 14:44
The cold, wet weather in May and June dampened my spirit for sowing seeds and staking plants, and any attempts to redress this were hampered by snails in July. Continue reading...
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