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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Gardening disputes between neighbours

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
If you're bearing a grudge against one of your neighbours, one way to exact revenge is plant a leylandii hedge in your garden. Continue reading...
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Planting spring bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Spring bulbs don't just provide us with a burst of colour to remind us that summer is on its way. They provide insects with nectar, which is essential for feeding them up again... Continue reading...
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Growing aubergines

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
This year ... I decided to pit three grafted aubergine plants against three plants grown in the conventional manner (from seed, on their own roots) to see which would 'win'. Continue reading...
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Artificial grass

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
When the news broke that sales of artificial grass are soaring, it struck me that a fake lawn might have been a better option for my small patch... Continue reading...
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Gardening injuries

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Gardening injuries ... normally happen in spring, when the first sunny day of the year inspires hours of weeding, pruning and digging after a winter of sitting on the sofa eating pies. Continue reading...
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