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Growing melons

By Adam Pasco in Unassigned
Last summer I tried growing a different melon outside, but the plants struggled to get going and yielded nothing at all. This year I'm trying again... Continue reading...
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Harvesting potatoes

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
Yes, it's potato time again; over the past week or so I've been lifting the last of the earlies and second earlies to store in the garage at home. Continue reading...
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Potato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
The only thing to do when blight has affected your potato crop is to chop the haulms down to the ground and burn them so the spores don't overwinter. Continue reading...
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Centipedes

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
With insects, getting a closer look is very often a question of grabbing at something that moves very quickly, and only then discovering what it is. Continue reading...
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Constructive destruction

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Unassigned
I've just spent a fair bit of time trashing and destroying parts of my garden. Continue reading...
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Foxgloves

By Adam Pasco in Unassigned
There's something really rewarding about cupping your hand under an old foxglove flower, tapping it gently and collecting the seeds that cascade out of it. Continue reading...
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Blackfly on broad beans

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
Last week I mentioned that my broad beans were mysteriously free from their usual curse of blackfly. Continue reading...
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Glow-worms

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
Known in Latin as Lampyris noctiluca (noctiluca meaning 'night light'), this charming glowing critter is not actually a worm, but a beetle. Continue reading...
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Butterflies: meadow browns and gatekeepers

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
Although markedly different in size from the meadow brown, it's sometimes difficult to identify a gatekeeper, especially in a photograph. Continue reading...
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Rhododendrons on the rampage

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Unassigned
I've just returned from a week on the wonderful Isle of Colonsay, which is a two-hour ferry ride from Oban into the Atlantic. Continue reading...
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