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Cuckoo spit

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Yesterday I discovered cuckoo spit on my red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It's considered a pest by many gardeners, but, for me, it's a symbol of great achievement... Continue reading...
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Chelsea 2010: my verdict

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I don't think I have a hope of achieving the 'Chelsea look'. My garden is far too scruffy, most of my plants have been nibbled by caterpillars... Continue reading...
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Surviving the Chelsea Flower Show

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I love Chelsea, in spite of the sore shoulders I get from carrying press releases, the aching knees from traipsing around all day and the weird cough that comes on in the middle of the Floral Marquee. Continue reading...
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Plants for bees

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
The problem for bees is that their favourite food plants are often considered to be 'weeds'. They don't go for highly bred double-flowered dahlias, no matter how good they look in our borders. Continue reading...
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Vine weevil control

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Last week I found vine weevils on the rim of my the pot my orange tree lives in. It stands next to my 'nursery' of seedlings, so potentially hundreds of plants could be affected. Continue reading...
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Draining ponds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
[...] why would you drain a pond in spring? Isn't spring the most crucial time of year for wildlife? Continue reading...
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'Grow Your Own' Week: Getting started

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
[...] we all have to start somewhere and we will always make mistakes. And the best thing about making mistakes is learning from them. Continue reading...
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Sowing a new lawn

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I have grand plans for my lawn. It's only tiny, but it will be full of pretty 'weeds', wildflowers and crocus. Butterflies will lay eggs in it, bees will drink nectar from it and I will sunbathe on it. Continue reading...
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Growing tomatoes: dos and don'ts

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
11 March 2010 at 16:05
I once viewed a flat and the prospective landlady pulled out a dead tomato plant that had been growing on her window sill, asking me why it hadn't fruited. Continue reading...
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Pond plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Be Plant Wise, a government campaign to halt the spread of non-native, invasive pond plant species in our ponds, streams and rivers, was launched this week. Continue reading...
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