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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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Ladybird pupae

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 March 2012 at 18:25
Last summer I developed a bit of an obsession with the ladybird lifecycle. I collected the pupae of harlequin ladybirds, put each one in a jam jar and waited to see what emerged... Continue reading...
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Coping with drought in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
23 March 2012 at 16:09
Yesterday was World Water Day, so to celebrate I spent most of the day worrying about the drought. Continue reading...
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Making nettle beer

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
15 March 2012 at 17:22
Nettle beer is apparently easy to make. Like soup, it can be made from a fairly standard recipe, used for a variety of beverages Continue reading...
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Garden birds and garden pests

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 March 2012 at 11:26
Now's a great time to make sure your garden has adequate natural, as well as supplementary, food for this spring's nesting birds. Continue reading...
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Broad beans

By Kate Bradbury in Allotments
02 March 2012 at 09:44
Yesterday I marked the first day of the month by visiting the allotment and sowing broad beans – the first seeds I had sown this year. Continue reading...
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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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