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Horse chestnut trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I've always loved horse chestnut trees and fondly remember a specimen near the house where I grew up... Continue reading...

Growing broccoli

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
It has always infuriated me that I've never been able to grow a halfway decent crop of either of the two brassicas I do like: broccoli and cauliflower Continue reading...

Planting garlic

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Although I've stored a lot of garlic in plaits and loose in trays, to see me through the coming months, I've already started planting bulbs for the 2010 crop... Continue reading...

Rust fungus on grass

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've just come back from a pear-harvesting foray, and as I stomped through the scruffy grass in the field I looked ahead and saw numerous patches of miserable, yellow grass. Continue reading...

Damson trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
This year, for the first time, our damson tree has cropped. This seems to have been the best year for growing stone fruit in ages - the crop is enormous. Continue reading...

Courgette rot

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
...the recent soggy, damp weather [...] has meant that all the later flowers on the courgettes and marrows have quickly rotted. Continue reading...

Floral dispays in France

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
The weather was fantastic. But it was the gardens and floral displays that put a smile on my family's faces. Continue reading...

Ants in the garden

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've employed a home-grown method to reducing the number of ants in my garden. As soon as I find an ants nest, I scoop up one of my hungry hens and position her in front of it. Continue reading...

Growing tomatoes and tomato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I grow most of my tomatoes in the greenhouse, as growing them outside increases the risk of them getting tomato blight. Continue reading...

Pollen beetles and sweet peas

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
Although pollen beetles are no great pest, they can nibble the edges of unopened flowers. I've seen a few of them about, but for the first time, I've not had to shake bunches of sweet peas to remove whole families... Continue reading...