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Winter chores include keeping the birds well fed | Gardening advice

At first light the first woodpecker comes. And then the female pheasant. With or without her fat comic mate. Feeding under the feeders. I always overfill and scatter nuts and seed around for ground-feeding birds. Crush a few more fat balls to be sure. They are a pair, the woodpeckers, the exhilarating flash of scarlet, …

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Garden advice: Winter honeysuckle a must for fragrant garden

Garden advice: Winter honeysuckle a must for fragrant garden

North Saanich nursery owner says she rarely sees Lonicera fragrantissima on plant lists from her growers Dear Helen: Is winter-flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) rare? I’ve never seen it in any of the gardens I’ve been in. We’ve enjoyed our shrub for 20 years. It begins flowering in late December and continues until March or April …

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Garden advice: 'Winter sowing' gives food crops a head start

Garden advice: ‘Winter sowing’ gives food crops a head start

Large, used water bottles with the bottoms removed used to great effect in ‘winter sowing’ project I’ve been spending most of the long winter evenings thinning out the overcrowded drawers of my two filing cabinets. I’ve accumulated files on a multitude of gardening topics and added to them as I come across new and useful …

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Gardening advice is at a premium as customer service helps itself to £25 | Household bills

I had to chase an order from Garden Gear, a sister company of Thompson & Morgan, and was put on the customer service line. It turned out to be a Premium Rate number and I was billed £ 25. I pointed out that it was illegal to use these numbers for customer service and asked …

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