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Sarah Shoesmith
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Garden designer with a passion for wildlife and conservation on a mission to grow crops beautifully.
Garden designer with a passion for wildlife and conservation on a mission to grow crops beautifully.

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February Flowers for Bees
While weeding a border yesterday, I was  dragged from my winter torpor by a passing bee. Without a second thought for the hot drink I had been promising myself, I pursued the bee to see where it might be heading.  There is plenty on the menu for early bees....

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Planting for Wildlife
I recently saw a post on social media from a gardener who was worried about overwintering her Pyracantha cuttings. While many replies were supportive, they were littered with calls for the gardener to destroy her plants. My hackles were raised. Pyracantha i...

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The Life of a Kitchen Gardener
I was introduced to the wonderful world of nurturing, picking and eating homegrown produce when I was a child. I don't remember giving a second thought to growing food during my late teens; then I got my first home with a garden. It will come as no surprise...

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Garden Blogs and Good Intentions
I am one of those gardeners for whom the new year is like a starting gate catapulting open in a horse race. Waking up on January 1st is the point at which the door is released and the prize-winning filly  hurtles towards the finishing line, only in my case ...

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Gardening With Dogs and Chatting With Chickens
Chickens have been part of my gardening life for a few years now. They follow me around, listen to my ramblings, and rarely disagree with anything I say. They are an absolute joy! One morning when I was giving the chickens their daily weather update, I beca...

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Sweet Peas, Gin and The Perils of Gardening Clubs
November is a month for harvesting leaves  for magical leafmould, planting bulbs, and preparing ground for new hedges, yet I am always overcome by the urge to sow seeds at this time of year. I suppose it is because it seems like forever until the next sowin...

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Sweet Peas, Gin and The Perils of Gardening Clubs
November is a month for harvesting leaves  for magical leafmould, planting bulbs, and preparing ground for new hedges, yet I am always overcome by the urge to sow seeds at this time of year. I suppose it is because it seems like forever until the next sowin...

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Twenty-First-Century Gardeners
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the internet set me thinking about the ways in which technology has impacted gardeners' lives. Once upon a time I gardened in isolation and on occasions I was fortunate to share my enthusiasm for plants with 3 elderly gardene...

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Late Summer Colour in The Thompson & Morgan Garden
My beans are a disaster! Mountaineering slugs have been enjoying a beanfeast in the kitchen garden and I am left with two scrawny specimens climbing inconveniently up separate wigwams. Developments in plants can make a huge difference to our plots, and whil...

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Perennial Basil
Hilarius, the French physician, claimed that sniffing basil had led to a scorpion breeding in the brain of an acquaintance. I don't know about you, but  I have buried my nose into the King of Herbs on many occasions and have never, as yet, noticed scorpions...
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