Growing tomatoes outdoors

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I don't often grow tomatoes outdoors, but this year I planted out leftovers from the greenhouse, which became massive and hugely productive. Continue reading...
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Birds, wasps and fruit

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The peaches ('Avalon') cropped brilliantly, producing the biggest fruits yet, but as soon as they approached ripeness, the wasps attacked. Continue reading...
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Harvesting garlic

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
This must be the first year that I've harvested a crop of garlic with no traces of rust: not a pustule in sight. Continue reading...
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Growing courgettes

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I adore home-grown courgettes. They lack that slightly bitter taste and spongy texture you can get with supermarket specimens. Continue reading...
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Pests and problems

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
This year we held our annual Gardeners' Question Time Garden Party at our GQT garden at Sparsholt College near Winchester, Hampshire. Continue reading...
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Gardeners' Question Time

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
Well, here I sit in the backstage area of the main theatre at BBC Gardeners' World Live [...] Earlier we recorded the first of several mini Gardeners' Question Time programmes. Continue reading...
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Watering plants

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
In most years I usually plant some of the more tender veg crops, such as courgette and squash, by late April. If I had done so this year, the plants would be dead by now [...] Continue reading...
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Growing alliums

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I couldn't get through the winter without snowdrops, and the prospect of daffodils, heralding spring. But right now, in May, alliums are centre stage. Continue reading...
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Dandelions

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I'm not ashamed to admit this: I like dandelions. I think their flowers are beautiful, their leaves and form attractive [...] and the hoverflies seem to like them too. Continue reading...
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Oak processionary moth

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth are a real pest, but I couldn't contemplate killing them. Continue reading...
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