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A difficult year for wasps

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
28 September 2012 at 13:00
This week has marked a change in insect behaviour in my garden – some insects have started looking for a dry place to hibernate. Continue reading...

Leafhoppers on sage

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
26 September 2012 at 09:03
Sage is one of my favourite herbs, and I have also discovered, rather belatedly it seems, that this herb is host to an incredibly pretty leafhopper. Continue reading...
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Growing autumn cyclamen

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
24 September 2012 at 10:12
One of the first signs of autumn in this garden is the cyclamen – they are charming little things with flowers that look a bit like the Mekon from Dan Dare. Continue reading...

Using green tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
21 September 2012 at 10:25
From my two outdoor-grown tomato plants, I’ve harvested just two ripe tomatoes. But, luckily, I found a recipe for green tomato relish. Continue reading...

Pests and diseases aplenty

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
19 September 2012 at 09:02
I had a wonderful time diagnosing plant problems. It was my idea of heaven – a long queue of people armed with bags containing all manner of sickly plants. Continue reading...
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Growing colchicums

By Adam Pasco in Plants
17 September 2012 at 11:59
Take your bulb, place it on a windowsill, then enjoy the flowers. With autumn-flowering colchicums, that’s all you have to do for an almost instant display. Continue reading...
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Dung beetles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 September 2012 at 17:47
I can’t describe how excited I was to have a dung beetle in my garden. I’d only ever seen them in the Lake District, where, presumably, they have a lovely existence breaking down sheep pellets. Continue reading...
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Leaf-cutter bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2012 at 10:08
We have leaf-cutter bees nesting in the wind chimes. These, however, being bamboo, never so much chimed as clonked. Continue reading...

Growing yew hedges

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
10 September 2012 at 11:38
People are sometimes scared to plant yew, partly because the berries are poisonous [...] and also because they worry that it will grow too slowly. Continue reading...
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September in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
07 September 2012 at 14:44
The cold, wet weather in May and June dampened my spirit for sowing seeds and staking plants, and any attempts to redress this were hampered by snails in July. Continue reading...
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