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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...