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How to make a mini pond

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How to make a mini pond

You don't need a big garden to have a pond and a source of water is so valuable for animals. As well as typical pond creatures you may find deer, hedgehogs and foxes being attracted to your pond to drink. Avoid putting your pond in full sun as it will dry up and lots of pond creatures prefer shaded locations. Download our worksheet! How to make a mini pond Ponds are healthier when they contain a few aquatic plants. They oxygenate the water. We'd recommend rigid hornwort, water starwort and the pretty blue-flowered water forget-me-not. There are lots of aquatic plants...

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Meet the makers: Oh, James...

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Meet the makers: Oh, James...

  We love to work with local producers and James Briggs, founder of Oh, James... is based just down the road from Blackheath in New Cross. Born in California, James worked in fashion buying before starting his own home fragrance company here in South East London. We thought we'd ask him a bit more about the unique scents that make Oh, James... such an exciting brand. So, James where did it all begin? I grew up in California.  It's quite a unique place in the world in that it has nearly every type of climate, terrain, and geography you can...

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It's plum time! Recipes for the season

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It's plum time! Recipes for the season

Blessed with a productive plum tree it seems a little churlish to complain but it sometimes stretches my culinary creativity. Plum wine is brewing, the crumbles  are coming thick and fast but I thought I'd share a few recent creations for any of you drowning in a deluge of plums.

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Three Recipes for Blackberry Season

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Three Recipes for Blackberry Season

As this year's blackberries appear in the hedgerows it's time to find some alternatives to the ubiquitous crumble. A delicious ripe blackberry should be shiny, plump and black. Remember to avoid picking blackberries on main roads and those close to the ground. Wash them well, just before using.

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Pretty Petal Ice Cubes

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Pretty Petal Ice Cubes

Impress your family with these incredible ice cubes! Did you know that there are a lot of flowers in your garden that you can eat? But be careful because there are a lot that taste horrible and can make you ill too.  You must be sure that no one has sprayed nasty chemicals on them either. Always check with an adult but have a look for these flowers in your garden. Download our worksheet! How to make pretty petal ice cubes The Best Edible Flowers for Your Pretty Petal Ice Cubes Rose petals are beautiful and delicious. They come in...

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