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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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Gardeners World Live 2009

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
There is so much to see and do. I've been talking about growing vegetables on the 'Taste of Greenacre' stage-cum-garden, about everything from slug control to spacing sweetcorn plants... Continue reading...
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Protecting crops

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I spent most of last week running around the vegetable patch trying to protect my crops from the scorching sun. Continue reading...
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Growing root vegetables

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips don't like my garden. I can understand why: the soil is full of rocks, which can lead to the formation of forked roots. Continue reading...
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