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Stake taller asters

Stake taller asters as they're top heavy in full flower and very vulnerable to being knocked over by the heavy rain and gusty winds of autumn. A little extra support at this time of year does wonders to keep your clumps perky and upright.

You can use all kinds of material to stake your plants but try to make them as unobtrusive as possible. Something as simple as whippy offcuts from summer shrub pruning...

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Visit an edible garden near you

Visit an edible garden near you and come home bursting with inspiration ready to revitalise your own kitchen garden with new ideas, new crops and new designs.

The Big Dig (www.bigdig.org.uk) is holding an Edible Gardens Open Day on Saturday 21st ...

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Protect ponds with netting

Protect ponds with netting before the autumn leaves start to fall, as these are the kiss of death for your pond's ecological balance. As leaves rot into the water they release nutrients and encourage algae, as well as creating nasty sludge.

Start by pulling dead and dying foliage from aquatic and marginal plants so the pond's surface is clear. While you're at it, rake out at least a third of your oxygenating plants as t...

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Enjoy your autumn raspberries

Enjoy your autumn raspberries to the full as they'll be pumping out the berries by now. If you aren't enjoying these wonderful, easy-to-care-for fruits make a note to buy some this winter: bare-rooted canes come into our garden centre in midwinter in bundles for immediate planting. Choose from dozens of varieties including the ever-reliable 'Autumn Bliss', sweet, yellow-fruited 'Allgold' and high-yielding 'Polka'.

Even...

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Lift and divide perennials

Lift and divide perennials this month to thin out overcrowded clumps and keep your plants youthful and healthy. It's a great time of year to do it, as the plants are starting to slow down for winter so you won't check their growth by splitting them, and there's still warmth and moisture in the soil.

Most clump-forming perennials, like crocosmia, daylilies, epimediums and bergenia, get a little crowded a...

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Plan it, plant it this autumn

Plan it, plant it this autumn – it's by far the best time to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground. The warmth from the summer still lingers to encourage them to grow plenty of roots and settle in well before the cold weather comes; and good root systems mean better drought resistance and strong, healthy growth which shrugs off pests and diseases more easily.

Fruit trees and bushes plante...

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What to do in the garden in September:

What to do in the garden in September:

This is one of the most rewarding months of the year, with apples and pears fruiting abundantly, brilliantly colourful autumn flowers and the weather often better than what we optimistically call 'summer'! Make the most of it with our jobs this month:

General tasks:

Plant new trees and shrubs as there's still warmth in the ground and moisture in the air, so...

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September's plant of the month is the aster

September's plant of the month is the aster, also known as the Michaelmas daisy and a stalwart of the late-summer border with its cheery, daisy-like flowers in shades of mauve, pink and violet.

All asters flower for a satisfyingly long time, starting in late August and continuing often until the first frosts. They're much-loved by bees and butterflies, so perfect for the wildlife garden, and make wonderful cut flowers. What's more, they go wi...

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Give wisteria its summer prune

Give wisteria its summer prune to keep it within bounds, prevent winter damage and encourage lots of those sumptuous long perfumed flower racemes next spring.

 

Your plant will by now be sprouting a jungle of long, whippy shoots in all directions: this not only looks messy,  but all that green growth is diverting the plant's energy into producing lots of extra shoots rather than ripening wood to make fat flower buds for next...

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Tackle your pond weed

Tackle your pond weed before it takes over and swamps fish, plants and wildlife. Blanketweed, duckweed and 'pea soup' algae turn your pond green and cover the surface until your pond is completely obscured. It can really get going as the weather turns warm, but fight back now and you'll keep it under control.

 

Blanketweed: This clings to the sides of the pond and to the plants themselves, quickly clogging up your...

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