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Creating a wildflower meadow

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
15 November 2013 at 11:02
If you want to create a traditional wildflower meadow in your garden then now is as good a time as any to start. Continue reading...
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Helping garden birds through winter

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
08 November 2013 at 09:12
I spent far too much time on Tuesday staring out of the window at a robin in my mum’s front garden, which was darting back and forth from the bushes to the hydrangea, under which there was a large pile of rowan berries. Continue reading...
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Making leaf mould

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
01 November 2013 at 16:37
Leaf mould is not particularly nutritious, but it conditions the soil, lacing it with fungi and other micronutrients, which help plants grow. Continue reading...
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Growing spring flowers for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
25 October 2013 at 14:21
I spent yesterday afternoon planting bulbs for queen bumblebees. I planted Allium roseum, crocus, snake’s head fritillary and a mixed selection of Anemone blanda. Continue reading...
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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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