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Hens in the vegetable patch

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Some months ago we took the plunge and bought some hens. The original, elderly hens we've had for years are lovely but they don’t lay eggs anymore. Continue reading...
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Frost and potatoes

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
The weather over the last few weeks has been phenomenal, even in Hampshire, the so-called 'soft south'. Continue reading...
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Lawn trouble

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've never been much of a lawn buff. Mine is definitely more of a patch of grass than a lawn, but even I am worried by the state of it at the moment. Continue reading...
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New Year revolutions

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
The New Year is a good time to re-evaluate our gardens, whether they're the size of a small postage stamp, or a sprawling country estate. Continue reading...
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Feeding the birds

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
Are we subjecting our beautiful birds to deficiencies and lower immunity to disease...? Continue reading...
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Insulating compost

By Pippa Greenwood in Allotments
The banana skins turn black very quickly, and the local badgers continue to rummage through the heap for potential snacks, but the compost isn't composting. Continue reading...
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Holly berries

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
A Christmas without holly berries is barely a Christmas at all. It's a bit like apple crumble without ice cream... Continue reading...
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Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts'

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
My partner found the corpse. Snapped at the base in recent winds, still, hauntingly dressed in its stunning foliage... Continue reading...
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Writing with daffodils

By Pippa Greenwood in Allotments
I have a deep passion for spring bulbs. They're not the poshest of flowers, but I couldn't bear to live without them - especially daffodils. Continue reading...
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Choosing vegetable varieties

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
When the weather gets grim, I like to peruse the vegetable seed catalogues, checking the availability of my favourite varieties and finding out what's new. Continue reading...
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