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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...
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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...
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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...
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Raspberry beetle

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
This has definitely been a year of grotty raspberries. The raspberry beetle, Byturus tormentosus, is to blame. Affected berries have telltale dry, grey-brown patches around the top edges. Continue reading...
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Ladybird pupae

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
There currently appears to be the largest quantity of ladybird pupae I've ever seen in my garden. I'm not sure whether they are pupae of the standard UK ladybirds or the notorious harlequin... Continue reading...
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Night-scented plants

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
A perfume-filled balmy evening in the garden is heaven on earth... who can help but feel a wash of pleasure when experiencing all that a rose-clad arbour has to offer? Continue reading...
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Potato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I have a horrible feeling that potato blight is just around the corner. The weather has been just perfect for this horrible fungal infection to wreak havoc on everyone's home-grown spuds. Continue reading...
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Horseflies

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I hate horseflies. I cannot see why they've been put on this earth, or any possible benefit they have. Continue reading...
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Cuckoo

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
I'm still recovering from a recent night spent under canvas, which was particularly notable for a visit from our local cuckoo. Continue reading...
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Cats and catmint

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've grown numerous nepetas in gardens with cats and not had such horrific results... Continue reading...
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