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America – they think it’s all over! The Obama flatworm has been found in Oxfordshire!

Obama flatworm discovered in Oxfordshire! Obama Flatworm Facts and Figures: Obama flatworm, Obama nungara ‘Obama’ comes from the Tupi language. Leaf (oba) and animal (ma). Originally from Brazil Grows to 7cm Eats snails and worms Head of Horticulture at the Horticultural Trades Association, the HTA, Raoul Curtis-Machin comments: “This discovery is a concern to the industry. Although […]

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Treat Your Lawn for Chafer Grubs ASAP!

Chafer Grubs Now I know that looks aren’t everything BUT these really are grim to look at and they can do a lot of damage too. Chafer grubs are the young or larvae of garden chafer beetles (those brownish beetles which suddenly appear in large numbers in May and June and clatter against the windows […]

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Harvest Apples

Harvest apples Whether you’ve got  one apple tree in a tiny back garden or what amounts to a mini orchard, this is the time of year when you can indulge in one of my (many!) gardening passions – harvesting tree-ripe apples as the early autumn sun warms your back …and then, before you even think […]

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How to get rid of Leather Jackets – daddy-long-legs larvae

How to get rid of Leather Jackets (The insect not that awful thing your husband bought in the seventies!!) The daddy-long-legs invasion that they’re talking about in the news!!   It’s that time of year again, and my carefully manicured lawn is just full of leather jackets, and the adult crane flies (daddy-long-legs) have started […]

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Sowing Your Winter Radish

Its time to go back to seed sowing – Winter Radishes Its time to sow seeds again. I have been lax in sowing seed during the last few months; and surprisingly now I have had a sudden urge to start again. Most classic radish varieties like Scarlet globe, Sparkler or French Breakfast can still be […]

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How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!

How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!   I’m not going to lie; I am already gripped by this year’s Great British Bake Off! The first technical challenge this year was to bake Jaffa Cakes (who else was shouting at their TV when Andrew was confused about how […]

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Sandringham Show and Foxgloves

Sandringham Show and Foxgloves   One of the highlights in my calendar is the Sandringham Show and after visiting on 27th July this year, I came away with some beautiful pots of foxgloves. Some might say that it is a bit late for foxgloves, but I think that there is still plenty of time to […]

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