Growing herbs

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
If I only had one container or window box, I would fill it with herbs. Fresh herbs are a joy to cook with, they smell good, their flowers are loved by bees... Continue reading...

Garden habitats for frogs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I seem to have created the perfect habitat for my frogs. It's not a large garden, marsh or meadow, but a tatty grow bag from last year, screened by willow edging and topped with dead foliage. Continue reading...

Growing sunflowers

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
We're challenging you to grow the world's tallest sunflower. The current world record for the tallest flower stands at 8.03m, and is held by German flight attendant Hans Peter Schiffer... Continue reading...

Eating weeds

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 March 2011 at 15:45
A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place, and in my garden ... the more green leafy weeds in my plot the better... Continue reading...

Growing tomatoes: best tomatoes for flavour

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
This year I'm determined to only grow one variety of tomato. This is because my garden was overrun with tomato plants last year and I couldn't get onto my patio for growing bags... Continue reading...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...