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Escallonia

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
24 February 2012 at 11:37
Last summer I walked past a hedge that was so covered in bumblebees it was moving. But I actually heard it before I saw it: buzzzzzzz... Continue reading...
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Mice in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
17 February 2012 at 10:29
Mice have adapted well to living cheek by jowl with humans. They might eat our peas and potatoes, or chew through bags of bird food... Continue reading...
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Making mini ponds

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
10 February 2012 at 11:06
I've just returned from a holiday in Thailand, where it was hot and sunny, and quite unlike home in almost every way. Except for one... Continue reading...
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Growing veg in shade

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
03 February 2012 at 17:24
I’ve decided not to take any risks growing veg in my garden this year [...] consequently I’m only sowing shade-tolerant crops this spring. Continue reading...
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Feeding garden birds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
26 January 2012 at 16:22
How often do you clean your bird feeders? Once or twice a year? Whenever you refill them, or just when they’re looking dirty? Continue reading...
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Plans for a garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
19 January 2012 at 10:09
[...] my main aim in 2012 is to make the garden look more established. This year I have a strict ‘no bare wall’ policy... Continue reading...
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Has spring sprung?

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 January 2012 at 14:40
I think my frogs are about to start spawning. There’s a lot of activity in their hibernaculum (read: thumping around), and it’s been so mild and wet lately... Continue reading...
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Growing hebes

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
05 January 2012 at 17:46
I used to be a bit sniffy about hebes. I considered the majority of them inelegant and boring – bog standard shrubs you find in a variety of municipal situations... Continue reading...
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Moss

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
30 December 2011 at 12:00
A few mounds of moss have started to grow on my garden walls. I never thought I’d see the day – the walls seemed too clean, too sterile, when I moved in... Continue reading...
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Making a wormery

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
23 December 2011 at 13:30
My garden is too small to have two compost bins, so I’ve fashioned a temporary wormery using a large bucket. Continue reading...
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