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  • Harvest happiness! How to manage your vegetable and fruit glut

    It's harvest time, but what can you do with excess produce from the garden?

    Anyone with a kitchen garden or allotment should be enjoying a harvest glut right now. The apples are ripe for plucking, courgettes are still coming, onions are ready for drying, tomatoes are ripening on the vine and potatoes are inviting you to dig for their delicious treasure. There are still runner beans hiding amongst the climbing green foliage, autumn-fruiting raspberries and tayberries are luscious, blackberries taste beautiful and beetroot is bursting from the soil. If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree, be sure to collect your fruit by the beginning of October as they won’t tolerate frost. There are late-season plums to harvest too, and damsons which can be picked while slightly unripe as you’ll be cooking them.

    apples, harvest, apple picking, picking apples, rosy fruits, fruit, september in the garden, october in the garden, glut of fruit, kitchen garden, perfectplants.co.uk, It's apple harvest time! But what can you do with all those luscious fruits?

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  • The best plants for shade, make the right choices to lighten the darkness.

    Shady characters: fill your inhospitable places with glorious plants for shade. There are more possibilities than you might think.

    No plant can survive in dry shade, right?

    Wrong. A shady place presents an exciting challenge if you want to have some fun. There are always areas of a garden that pose a problem, even to keen gardeners. The most common situation in which it’s difficult to find things that will grow is that of dry shade. Under trees, next to a north-facing wall or at the base of hedges. But even this seemingly inhospitable environment opens up a world of possibilities.

    ferns, dry shade, shady places, heuchera, garden shade, foliage plants, blechnum, palace purple, fire chief, garden, gardening, planting, Ferns and Heuchera. What a great combination for shady places.

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  • The best bulbs to plant in autumn, here's a recipe for spring flowering success

    Enjoy our recipe for spring flowering success  - here's our top six bulbs to plant now

    The long, hot summer is gradually fading away, making September and October the perfect time of year to plan a spring flowering display. There's just one simple rule to follow:  plant bountiful bulbs! Bulbs are now available just about everywhere and they present an uplifting opportunity to think about new beginnings. Those spherical powerhouses will establish themselves in your warm soil, ready to burst into new life as soon as the season dictates.
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  • Garden magic: how to make a small garden feel great

    Think big and work some magic in a small garden

    You might think that garden lovers would want a big garden in which to indulge their passion. But sometimes small is not only beautiful, but better. Why? Because a small garden can be designed in a way that brings exactly what’s wanted, without breaking the bank. It can also be micro-managed and maintained more easily, thus bringing the ultimate in satisfaction.
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  • Why you need some lovely lavender in your life

    Six reasons to love Lavender for Mediterranean magnificence and aromatic perfection

    If there’s just one herb you should have in a garden, Lavender comes top. It’s small enough to squeeze into a courtyard, a balcony and even a window box. It will give you far more value than just about any other plant. Why?
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  • Oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, can you grow them here in the UK?

    A zest for citrus fruit, how easily do oranges, lemons and limes grow in the UK? 

    Who would have thought that oranges, lemons and other citrus plants would grow so well in the UK? There’s something amazing about the sight of fresh, vibrant fruits growing boldly on even small sized plants. Grapefruits, particularly, are a sight to behold, weighing down small branches with seemingly ridiculous comedy.
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  • Plants to suit your zodiac star sign. Which one are you?

    Zodiac plants - choose the right plant for your astrological star sign!

    Have you ever thought about how your star sign might be represented by a plant? Many people believe that the signs of the zodiac have a direct influence on the personality of those who are born under certain stars. Choose your plant to fit your personality and bring harmony into your life! Here are some suggestions from Perfect Plants:
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  • Plants that can cope with extremes of weather

    Living on the edge: trees and shrubs to suit extremes of weather

    The warm summer weather hasn’t been easy for plants. They have made it perfectly clear that they are suffering. It takes only a little imagination to hear them calling for water as they reach out with wilting foliage fingers. Many have collapsed before the kind man with the watering can has noticed.

    annuals, plants, flowers, containers, pots, watering, drought, wheelbarrow, robertsbridge, garden, gardening, hosepipe, perfectplants.co.uk, The annual flowers placed lovingly into wheelbarrows outside a railway station look gorgeous, but they are rather labour-intensive to maintain during hot weather.

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  • Keep cool in the garden and seek out the shade

    Head for the shade during sizzling summer days

    There are many ways to try keeping cool during hot, dry and sunny weather. Some are obvious and others, less so. Garden umbrellas are probably the first line of defence. Put up several before the sun rises, and not only will the shade provide a mini-refuge, but the air flow around the umbrella will create a little breeze too. You don’t need a fancy stand, some garden parasols, such as the Eazy Shade from Cave Innovations, come with multi-function clips and clamps so that they can attach to chairs and tables.

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  • Horseflies, mosquitoes and things that bite in the garden. Help!

    No flies on me (normally), but how can I keep horseflies away?

    The hot, dry summer provides ideal conditions for many things. Some plants love the weather, including cacti; succulents; alpines; ornamental grasses such as Stipa gigantea; Agarves; Bougainvillea; Portulaca; Oleander; poppy; lavender and most silvery or furry-leafed plants.
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