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Plants for a green roof

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
08 June 2012 at 07:12
When I look at my green roof, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry [...] it looks very lush and green, but I wish I’d never planted those red campions. Continue reading...
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Native versus non-native plants

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
01 June 2012 at 10:10
Many non-native plants are fantastic for many insect species, including common species of butterfly, honeybees and the 10 or so wild bees we might see in our gardens. Continue reading...
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Diarmuid Gavin's Chelsea garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
25 May 2012 at 10:55
A giant pyramid at the end of Main Avenue, Diarmuid’s creation is less show garden, more adventure playground. Continue reading...
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Planting out tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 May 2012 at 10:12
For weeks now, my tomatoes, peppers and aubergines have been sitting indoors waiting to be planted out... Continue reading...
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Self-seeding plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
11 May 2012 at 15:10
One of my favourite things about gardening is the element of surprise. You can design and plan a garden to the finest detail, but you have no control over what will land in your plot. Continue reading...
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Magpies in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 May 2012 at 09:50
This year there’s no Sid, no great tits and no blue tits. Just one fat magpie. Continue reading...
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Toad tadpoles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
26 April 2012 at 16:12
While frog tadpoles are secretive, hiding in mud and among oxygenators and plant roots, toad tadpoles are more adventurous. Continue reading...
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Emptying the compost bin

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 April 2012 at 11:12
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine opened his compost bin and found a hedgehog and her babies staring back at him... Continue reading...
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Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 April 2012 at 10:25
Apparently there’s nothing like a foul-smelling bucket of leaves to get dung-flies going... Continue reading...
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Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

By Kate Bradbury in Allotments
05 April 2012 at 16:00
My colleague Tamsin and I have come to a decision: this year, on the office allotment, we're not going to grow any brassicas. Continue reading...
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