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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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Daffodil care

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
This year, it seems spring is three whole weeks late. But it is, finally, in full swing: hundreds of daffodils planted alongside my drive are in glorious bloom. Continue reading...
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Growing fruit and veg with children

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I've taught my children to grow their own food, and I hope they will use their knowledge for years to come. Continue reading...
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Growing garlic and onions

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
With the soil drier, I have finally managed to plant the last of my garlic and onion sets. Continue reading...
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Sowing seeds for home-made ratatouille

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The sky is grey, my toes are turning rigid in my boots and the rain is hammering down, but my thoughts are turning to the Mediterranean, and summer holidays. Continue reading...
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Seed potatoes

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The first of the snowdrops are up, my daffodils are romping away - I can almost believe that spring will actually arrive. But it's the seed potatoes that are really firing me up. Continue reading...
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Greenhouse cleaning

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I've been spring cleaning. The greenhouse, of course, not the house. Somehow the lure of the compost and seed trays was much greater than that of the vacuum cleaner and duster. Continue reading...
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