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Why are the birds ignoring their food?

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Last winter, when I went to great trouble to feed the birds in my garden, my offerings were largely ignored. This winter, I'm trying again... Continue reading...

Stinky plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
There are some plants which everyone agrees smell bad. The titan arum and the dragon arum both smell like rotting corpses when in flower, to attract pollinating flies. Continue reading...

Guerrilla gardening and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Guerrilla gardening, the subject of a recent radio programme, is the act of gardening on public or private land without permission. Continue reading...

Growing and eating apples

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
Every autumn, Gardeners' World magazine Editor Adam Pasco and Deputy Editor Lucy Hall bring their surplus of home-grown apples into the office. Continue reading...

Homes for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I've been trying to attract bumblebees to nest in my garden for years. My bumblebee nester has made a great home for spiders, but no bumblebees have ever displayed interest. Continue reading...

Garden birds and Feed the Birds Day

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
We're getting to that point in the year when energy-rich food makes all the difference to small birds surviving winter. There's much less natural food available... Continue reading...

Frogs, ponds and winterkill

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Two feral pigeons have taken to having a daily bath in my pond. I doubt this will please my frogs, but there's no danger of any ice forming if they continue splashing about in it. Continue reading...

Tidying your garden in autumn

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
In the October issue of Gardeners' World magazine, I ask Richard Jones and James Alexander-Sinclair for their views on autumn tidying in relation to the harm it can cause overwintering wildlife. Continue reading...

Green manure

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Green manures are the perfect organic fertiliser. They improve soil structure, suppress weeds and return nutrients to the soil. Continue reading...

Vine weevils again

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
The leaves of my plants look like jigsaw puzzle pieces, and I frequently sit at the table at night, watching the adults climb to the top of my patio windows and 'drop' into my large pots to do their worst. Continue reading...