Terrestrial Terrors on our Home Turf

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The sap of the Giant Hogweed can cause phytophotodermatitis (PPD) which isn’t easy to say and even more painful to experience.  Basically, the sap reacts with sunlight to cause blistering and burns on the skin. […]

Fill Your Woolly Pockets with Plants

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Owners and founders of the Woolly Pocket planting system, Miguel and Rodney  Nelson  cheerfully admit to having no knowledge of plants before inventing their innovative products.  “I am an artist and my brother is a […]

How ‘Mushroom’ Do You Need?

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Seed suppliers Thompson & Morgan are confident that sales of vegetable seeds and seed potatoes will   increase even more this year as the trend for growing your own continues.  They also advise there is […]

Snout and About in the Garden

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Animal-lover and pig breeder, Jane Croft describes pigs as ‘Nature’s rotorvators’.  “They are incredible at clearing overgrown ground,” she enthuses,  “I first kept pigs years and years ago and bred them initially for the meat […]

Paw Protection

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Rock salt has been used liberally as a de-icer by Councils during the big freeze but did you know that whilst effective at defrosting ice and snow it’s not particularly plant or pet friendly and […]

Barking at Angels

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Uncontrollable tears have been falling with the autumn leaves this week. Tippy my four legged companion and confidant of 13 years passed away.  She had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in the summer;  small but […]

Getting a ‘Wiggle On’ in the Garden

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Entrepreneur Heather Gorringe founded Wiggly Wigglers, the Really Rural Store, as a result of her father heaping manure outside her kitchen window. An unusual motivation maybe but she explains, “Years ago I used to help […]

Buzz Off – wasp free zone!

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The recent high winds have already brought down a lot of apples and plums in the garden and wasps are proving a real nuisance.  They change their feeding habits in the autumn preferring sweet things […]

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