Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: November in the Garden
Nov02

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: November in the Garden

November probably beats even early February in the contest for dreariest month of the year, yet I quite enjoy its challenge. This week, we’re looking at end of season tasks, as the garden, like its plants, gradually shuts up shop for winter. Raking leaves Not a chore for me, as tickling the colourful leaves from border edges and combing them out of emerald turf is so satisfying. A plastic-headed rake is my tool of choice and I race to...

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View from the Whitehouse
Oct19

View from the Whitehouse

We’ve got chickens. It’s lovely to have fresh, free-range eggs and, up until now, the chooks haven’t been much trouble. That is, as long as you don’t mind legging it to the paddock in dressing gown and wellies at 10pm because you forgot to shut them in … and you understand that chickens like dying. They’re like sheep in that respect. Mike, our local farmer, asked us to keep an eye out for sheep on their backs when we moved here....

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour
Oct05

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour

Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights. Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights.  A good collection of trees and shrubs that turn brilliant bonfire colours ensures a good display and you can plant now. For...

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Paw Prints: Caring for your pets in the dark.   Be safe, be seen!
Sep21

Paw Prints: Caring for your pets in the dark. Be safe, be seen!

Now the nights are drawing in, thoughts are turning to how to keep your pet safe. For your dog or cat perhaps a reflective collar is an option. When walking your dog, a high visibility waistcoat, or reflective strips on your own coat to warn drivers that you are there is advisable. You can buy leads and collars that have lights on them. By having a reflective collar or an LED light on them if they should wander off, they are easier to...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: A wild Dartmoor garden
Sep17

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: A wild Dartmoor garden

Say ‘Princetown’ and most folk immediately think of the austere-looking prison built during the Napoleonic Wars. Yet the highest village in Dartmoor is also home to the National Park Visitor Centre housed in the old Duchy Hotel, a favourite haunt of Conan Doyle. Here, you can learn the history of Dartmoor, enjoy exhibitions housed in the old ballroom and visit a tranquil wild garden, the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, depicting the...

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