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Compost heaps and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
It's remarkable how much life a compost bin can attract... Continue reading...
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Mouse in the compost bin

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
There's a mouse living in my compost bin. I first saw it one evening the other week, when I added a fresh layer of tomato side shoots and yellowing leaves. Continue reading...
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Plants that evoke memories

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
It's curious how plants - particularly scented ones - can trigger memories. Continue reading...
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Growing veg in containers: keep it cropping

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
As container-grown fruit and veg start to crop, it's important keep your eye on the ball to ensure they stay productive. Continue reading...
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Sunflowers and hoverflies

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
For me, the competition to grow a giant sunflower is over. My six sunflowers are either in flower or just about to bloom... Continue reading...
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Gardening for bats

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
It's easy to consider bees and birds when gardening - we see plenty of them if we grow the right plants - but what about bats? Continue reading...
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Big Butterfly Count

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
At the launch of the Big Butterfly Count I had the privilege of meeting several experts from Butterfly Conservation, including its President, Sir David Attenborough... Continue reading...
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Flying Ants Day

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I found a winged, black ant in the garden last week. The child inside me said "Flying Ants Day!" but there was no sign of any others. Continue reading...
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Bumblebees and wax moth

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Wax moth is a native, natural predator of the bumblebee, but it's one of its biggest enemies (apart from the human, of course) Continue reading...
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The gardening bug

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
What makes us take up gardening? Are there really such things as green fingers? Are we born with the desire to tend our plots or does the passion for gardening come with age, or by accident? Continue reading...
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