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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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An early spring?

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
17 January 2014 at 09:00
I’ve seen my first queen bumblebee and queen wasp of 2014, and have been woken by a dawn chorus. Is it really January? Continue reading...
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