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Happy & healthy creatures!

Putting out food and providing safe hibernating spots in the garden provides a lifeline for creatures like hedgehogs, ground beetles and frogs – they’ll reward your efforts by providing a built-in pest control service next year, as they eat vast numbers of slug and snail eggs plus aphids and other nasties.

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Delicious fresh greens to pick

There’s a host of cold-hardy salad ingredients which are able to grow quite happily even in watery winter sunlight, and are also resilient enough to put up with frost, snow and winter gales: just pop a cloche over the top during really bad weather to keep them in good condition.

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Plant of the Week: Calathea

Calathea is straightforward to look after, happy in any shady corner where it can have steady warmth and moist air (spray occasionally with tepid water to keep humidity high).

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Unhealthy weed killing?

The future of commonly-used weedkiller glyphosate is less certain following a court ruling in the USA which ordered one of the biggest manufacturers, Monsanto, to pay $289 million (£226 million) in damages to a man who claimed glyphosate caused his cancer.

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Gardening in prison

Prisoners at HMP Hull have scooped the Royal Horticultural Society’s Windlesham Trophy for the best-kept prison garden – the first time the prison has won the award.The annual prize recognises the value of gardening within prison communities and has been running for over 30 years. It is hotly contested, with 18 prisons entering the competition this year.

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What to do in your garden in September?

The gardening year is turning to its last dazzling farewell display of autumn colour soon, so it’s time to shake yourself out of the torpor of late summer and get going again.

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Picture an Oak!

Capture an image of your favourite oak tree and you could win a brand new prize on offer from the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition.

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Plant of the Week: Skimmia

It’s a rare plant that gives interest all year, with masses of spring flowers followed by brilliant red berries and glossy evergreen foliage all through autumn and winter. 

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Ash dieback alert

The virulent disease ash dieback has been found in three new species belonging to the same family, raising fears that other plants including some garden favourites might be next in line.

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Store garlic for your winter supply

Harvest garlic now as soon as the foliage has yellowed and died back ready to store and use throughout the winter.

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