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Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 March 2014 at 14:44
The RSPB published results of the 2014 Big Garden Birdwatch this week. As predicted, the mild winter weather appeared to have an impact on the number of birds visiting our gardens... Continue reading...
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Bee flies

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
21 March 2014 at 08:16
I saw my first bee-fly this week. It looks a little like a bee, but it hovers and hums like a fly, and has one pair of wings rather than two. Continue reading...
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A new allotment

By Kate Bradbury in Allotments
13 March 2014 at 10:02
It’s taken seven years but, finally, I have an allotment. It was the least wanted patch of land on the site, and I was happy to take it. Continue reading...
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Growing sweet peas

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
07 March 2014 at 11:12
My garden hasn't seen a frost since last winter. So yesterday, brazenly, I planted out the sweet peas I was given recently by a friend. Continue reading...
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Dealing with blind bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
27 February 2014 at 10:00
Three years ago, I was given some Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ in bloom. This year only one flower came up. The rest are 'blind'. Continue reading...
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Bumblebee rescue

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 February 2014 at 10:23
I found a bumblebee lying lifeless in the street in rush hour on Wednesday evening. Continue reading...
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National Nest Box Week

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 February 2014 at 09:04
Today marks the beginning of National Nest Box Week – an annual reminder to provide homes for our garden birds. Continue reading...
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Sowing tomato seed

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
07 February 2014 at 07:56
After the miserable summer of 2012, I didn’t grow any tomatoes in 2013. Then the sunshine came. Continue reading...
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Insects and seed heads

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
31 January 2014 at 07:31
This photo of an earwig tucked into an old fritillary seedhead is a nice reminder of how important spent plants and seedheads are to sheltering wildlife. Continue reading...
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Forcing rhubarb

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
24 January 2014 at 09:00
Looking out of the window yesterday, I noticed two bright red rhubarb stalks poking out above the soil. Continue reading...
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