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Growing orange trees

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
I recently spent a few days in Barcelona. The orange trees growing in its streets were laden with fruit and looked stunning in the February sunshine. Continue reading...
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Identifying birdsong

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 February 2011 at 04:12
A friend of mine is being kept awake at night by a 'bird'. It starts singing at about 4.30am and continues until he gets up. Continue reading...
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Snowdrop days

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I always get so much more from garden visiting in winter. It's such a novelty being outside and there's so much promise of things to come... Continue reading...
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Valentine's Day flowers

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
It's Valentine's Day on Monday. Walking past a local florist yesterday I spotted buckets of red roses, sunflowers, gerbera and irises. Continue reading...
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Gardening theft

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
My first allotment was robbed in winter. Nothing expensive was taken (there wasn't anything expensive to take), but my plastic, walk-in greenhouse vanished overnight... Continue reading...
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Garden birds and my Big Garden Birdwatch

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 January 2011 at 16:01
In spring a pair of great tits and a blue tit used my garden to snack on peanuts while foraging for their young. They were all gone by July... Continue reading...
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Sowing seeds

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
Last year I sowed all my seeds in the first week of January, eager to get my brand new garden off to a flying start. Continue reading...
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Gardening for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that gardens make better habitats for bumblebees than the countryside. Continue reading...
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Local plants (for local people)

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
In last week's Observer Magazine, Dan Pearson wrote about collecting berries from hedgerows near him, so he could grow plants with local provenance. Continue reading...
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What to do with your old Christmas tree

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Where I live Christmas trees must be left in a brown bin (for food and garden waste), to ensure they will be recycled, otherwise they end up in landfill. Continue reading...
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