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Jerusalem artichokes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 October 2013 at 10:21
Last week, on my dad’s allotment, I took the opportunity to harvest some Jerusalem artichokes. Continue reading...
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Horse chestnut miner and blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 October 2013 at 09:32
I recently attended a seminar on native plants. I was one of the speakers, arguing that growing some natives in the garden is essential for creating breeding habitats for moths. Continue reading...
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The common carder bumblebee

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 October 2013 at 16:37
Little, shaggy-haired and ginger, the common carder, Bombus pascuorum, is one of my favourite bumblebees. Continue reading...
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Garden spiders

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 September 2013 at 16:59
It’s garden spider time. Large, dew-covered webs hang between shrubs and paths in my garden, and fat mottled spiders sit on them, moodily waiting for prey. Continue reading...
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Looking ahead to spring

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
20 September 2013 at 10:56
As the honeysuckle flowers become berries and the herbaceous plants fade, my spring-flowering plants are stepping up a gear. Continue reading...
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Cooking elderberries

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
13 September 2013 at 09:27
The elder trees near me are bursting with berries. There are recipes online for elderberry jelly and elderberry dumplings, but I think I’ll bake a pie. Continue reading...
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Sowing hollyhocks

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:41
I love hollyhock spires in late summer, and watching the last of the year’s bees pollinating them. They also produce masses of seeds and are very easy to grow. Continue reading...
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The joy of compost

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 August 2013 at 10:26
I love Monty’s enthusiasm for compost – it comes across as a genuine, heartfelt passion for all things rotting. Continue reading...
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Growing teasels

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
23 August 2013 at 11:46
...if a single plant can be a home for wildlife, then the fuller’s teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a high-rise tower block. Continue reading...
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Homes for wildlife at Heligan

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 August 2013 at 17:43
In Cornwall I visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan. It's one of my favourite gardens to visit. Continue reading...
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