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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...


By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
17 June 2011 at 15:32
After last week's excitement about the ladybird party on the BBC allotment, I was delighted to learn that the UK Ladybird Survey had a stand at this year's Gardeners' World Live. Continue reading...

Growing veg in containers - garden pests

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm a bit of a soft touch when it comes to 'pests'... Continue reading...

Summer bedding plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I admit to not being a huge fan of annual bedding plants, but I can see their attraction. For the gardener, they provide instant results... Continue reading...

Growing giant sunflowers - planting out

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Last month, we challenged you to break the World Record for growing the tallest sunflower... Now, in late May, we should all have good, strong sunflowers ready to plant out... Continue reading...

Wilding the Chelsea Flower Show

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
In 1985, Chris Baines created the first ever wildlife garden at Chelsea... Apparently it caused quite a stir - wildflowers in those days were often dismissed as 'weeds'... Continue reading...

Moving bumblebee nests

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I have bumblebees nesting in my garden. They didn't choose to live there, I introduced them. Or rather, I rescued them. Continue reading...

Biodiversity at the Malvern Show

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
As someone who is potty about wildlife gardening, I was more than a little happy to learn that biodiversity was the central theme at this year's Malvern Spring Gardening Show. Continue reading...

A dry spring

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
In drier parts of the UK, plants are bursting into flower earlier, bees and butterflies are out earlier, and the ground, which should be warm and wet from April showers, is parched. Continue reading...

Paving over front gardens

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I seem to be bucking a trend among homeowners. Rather than paving over my garden, I have 'un-paved' it, unlocking the earth and growing a range of plants to provide habitats for wildlife. Continue reading...