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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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Christmas gifts for gardeners

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
16 December 2011 at 15:04
What should you get the gardener in your life for Christmas? Another pair of secateurs? Some garden twine? Continue reading...
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Moths and caterpillars

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
08 December 2011 at 18:00
I don’t really understand why moths get such a bad press. Well I do, a little. Some eat our clothes, others eat our crops... Continue reading...
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Snakes in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
02 December 2011 at 16:59
…I was hopeful this summer, that the crackling I heard while negotiating an overgrown area of beach in Dorset, meant that I would finally lock eyes with a real, live, snake. Continue reading...
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Making leaf mould

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Every autumn I fetch leaves from the park to make leaf piles for frogs, beetles, and other garden wildlife. But this year I collected a few extra bags, to make leaf mould. Continue reading...
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Building a green roof

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
18 November 2011 at 15:00
Since I bought my shed, I've been itching to put a green roof on it, but I've always been put off by how difficult the task looks. Continue reading...
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Unseasonal weather

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
In just 12 months my garden has experienced heavy snow, a spring heatwave followed by a drab, damp summer, then a second heatwave in autumn. Continue reading...
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