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Growing borage for Chelsea

By Jekka McVicar in Unassigned
It's always exciting when we move the stock outside from the polytunnels to 'harden off' and 'grow on', so that they're just perfect for the Chelsea Flower Show. Continue reading...
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Growing salad in a cold frame

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
To say that I'm delighted with my new cold frame would be the understatement of 2008. Continue reading...
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Gardening with children

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
I really look forward to the school holidays, when I finally get my two children to myself. No hurrying, no homework - just time to do the things we want to do, like being outside for as much of the day as possible. Continue reading...
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Goldfinches, cats and children

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
I was very pleased to see a pair of goldfinches this morning. I'm not a birdwatcher, but even I know the unmistakable red face, white sideburns and yellow wing flash of these pretty creatures. Continue reading...
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Plant supports - upping the stakes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Unassigned
A lot of plants are, like stragglers from a hen night, not very good at remaining upright without some support. Continue reading...
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Compost and green manures

By Adam Pasco in Unassigned
Several plants can be grown as green manures, sown onto beds and borders and forming a green carpet that can be dug directly into the soil, improving its organic content. Continue reading...
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Lemon verbena

By Jekka McVicar in Unassigned
I was very excited this week to notice that one of my favourite herbs, lemon verbena, is starting to produce new leaves. Continue reading...
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Manure

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
It's not every year I manage it, but this year we were tipped the wink that a local chap had a good source of quality manure. And just in time to spread some around my fruit. Continue reading...
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Red cabbages

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
Not only are red cabbages easy to grow but they're also rather gorgeous to look at. Their rich colour lifts your spirits on a chilly winter day when everything else is looking drab and dull. Continue reading...
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Wolf spider

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
26 March 2008 at 10:29
The first ladybird of the year, a seven-spot, sunned itself on the ivy. And one of my favourite spiders is back. Continue reading...
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