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Making a Christmas wreath

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
22 December 2012 at 07:05
There is little point in making a Christmas wreath unless you have a red front door to hand it on. I settled for hanging it on a wall, but it doesn’t really say ‘Christmas’ in the way I had hoped. Continue reading...
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Goldcrest encounter

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
21 December 2012 at 15:05
Cars and buses roared past, a squirrel buried its head in a packet of crisps, and I stood in a thicket of hawthorn and dog rose thinking “Is that… a goldcrest?” Continue reading...
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Building bird boxes

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 December 2012 at 17:16
For Christmas this year, all my friends and relatives will be receiving bird boxes. Continue reading...
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Hedgehog rescue

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
07 December 2012 at 11:34
A friend of mine recently found a juvenile hedgehog. In addition to dicing with death in the road, ‘Killie’ the hedgehog faced another danger: winter. Continue reading...
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Ash dieback disease

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
28 November 2012 at 16:35
Walking through the park, I spotted two ash trees with withered leaves. Were they infected with ash dieback or were they just brown because it was autumn? Continue reading...
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Growing fruit for birds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
23 November 2012 at 12:24
This autumn I intend to add to my collection of fruiting shrubs for birds. Now we’ve hit bare-root planting season, there are bargains to be had. Continue reading...
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Making hawthorn ketchup

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
16 November 2012 at 16:35
Yesterday I made hawthorn ketchup. I was pleasantly surprised - it was tangy, rich and fruity, the perfect accompaniment to veggie sausage and chips. Continue reading...
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Winter shelter for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 November 2012 at 14:32
This autumn, there’s been a steady stream of wildlife coming into my flat, as if there's some impending disaster and I live in an ark. Continue reading...
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Dog violets

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
02 November 2012 at 11:16
The leaves of dog violets are taking on a renewed vigour. I can almost see the flashes of purple that will dot the darkest corners of my garden in a few months. Continue reading...
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Planting acorns

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
26 October 2012 at 11:48
Yesterday I popped an acorn into a pot of compost. I've no idea what I'll do with it when it's germinated, but, for now, I have the beginnings of an oak tree in my flat. Continue reading...
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