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The best way to grow potatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
04 July 2014 at 10:00
I've harvested the first of the year’s home-grown new potatoes. It got me thinking: what’s the best way to grow potatoes? Continue reading...
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Plume moths

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 June 2014 at 16:36
I visited my mum last weekend. On arrival we exchanged pleasantries, she asked me to fix the bathroom tap, and then she got down to business: “Now. I saw a butterfly the other day. It was pinkish, and had thin wings.” Continue reading...
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New tortoiseshell butterflies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 June 2014 at 10:09
The caterpillars I rescued from a nettle patch sprayed with weedkiller have turned out to be small tortoiseshells. Continue reading...
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Urban foxes on the allotment

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 June 2014 at 17:52
Over the years Costas, my allotment neighbour, has befriended a male fox, who visits him daily for Rich Tea biscuits. Continue reading...
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Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
05 June 2014 at 15:00
There’s a clump of nettles growing next to the communal shed on the allotment. I clocked it early on as somewhere to keep an eye out for caterpillars. Continue reading...
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Seven-spot ladybirds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 May 2014 at 10:02
I've never seen so many ladybirds. Moreover, I've never seen so many ladybirds having sex. Continue reading...
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Wildlife at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
23 May 2014 at 09:25
If you stand at the end of the Homebase ‘Time to Reflect’ garden and look up, you might notice holes in the leaves of the hornbeam trees above you. Continue reading...
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Phacelia and bees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
16 May 2014 at 10:00
Cycling through the allotment last week, I stopped at a plot filled with tall blue flowers. It was flowering scorpionweed, Phacelia. Continue reading...
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Elm trees and butterflies

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
09 May 2014 at 13:18
I spent the Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton, and ran around Preston Park admiring its lovely elm trees. Continue reading...
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100 hungry snails

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
02 May 2014 at 10:02
I've just taken a pot filled with 100 hungry snails to the wildlife area of my local park. I've had enough of them. Continue reading...
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