1. What to do with the kids over autumn half term

    How do you keep the children entertained during half term? During autumn it's so easy to find things to do with the kids. Here's five suggestions that will bring fun into every weekday of the school holidays. Worried about Covid-19? These activities are all virus-proof!

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  2. Best plants for an autumn garden - here's 7 of the best for September and October

    The autumn garden can be the best time of the year. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that your outside space need look forlorn or devoid of colour. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that give you a boost in September, October, November and beyond. Not to mention the amazing show that is happening amongst trees and the everlasting colours to be found in foliage.

    If your outdoor space is looking desperately dull, it might benefit from a few, carefully placed containers near your entrance, along the circulation routes and close to your windows. Colour is uplifting and some plants shine during the autumn. Here's a selection of some of the best...

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  3. What flowers can you see in spring? Some early-flowering beauties including primroses and polyanthus

    In early spring, from March onwards, there's a pop of colour under the hedgerows, in gardens and on sunny banks. Spring flowers emerge, despite wind, rain, sleet and ice. It’s what they do. The harbingers of better weather will appear, come what may. They are suited to just about all conditions, with the exception of complete flooding, and will raise their merry little faces – providing some much-needed cheer.

    Let's start with the Primula family. They are one of the nation's best-loved spring flowers and certainly deserve to be. But do you know the difference between primrose, cowslip, oxslip, primula and polyanthus?

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  4. Get on trend for 2020 - what's new in terms of gardening style?

    As the garden prepares to slowly wake from its winter slumber, this is a great time to think about the coming growing season and prepare for all the excitement that is just around the corner. But just for the moment, depending on the weather, the best gift you can provide for your garden is to stay away. The compaction caused by winter boots on soggy lawns and beds does no favours for the structure of the soil. It’s possible to work by using boards on which to tread, or you can wait until conditions improve. 

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  5. How do you work out the value of a tree in economic terms?

    Trees are big news. The entire climate change topic has moved up the priority ladder by several notches since the UK has become more aware of the impact that people, the things they produce, and the way that they live, have on the world. Governments are talking about trees and are now driving initiatives for tree planting schemes in an effort to right the environmental wrongs that have happened gradually over the decades.
    It seems that one of the keys to reconising the value of trees is to place a monetary figure on these big beasts of the plant kingdom. 
    So how do you go about doing this?
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  6. Christmas trees. Is fake or real best? Or consider one of these 6 alternatives

    This year, more that ever before, people are more aware of plastic pollution It’s been with us in increasing severity, for decades. But we are now on ‘plastic alert’ thanks to a greater awareness of environmental influences and influencers including Sir David Attenborough of course. So how does this affect your tree choice at Christmas?

    Some people assume that a fake tree is kinder to the planet than a real one, because they don’t like the idea of cutting down a live plant.  However, responsible growers plant two trees for every Christmas tree sold. The Christmas tree in

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  7. Six spooky plants for the Halloween season

    So what’s our obsession with Halloween? To state the obvious, it features witches, pumpkins, fangs, lanterns, sweets, pranks and great excitement amongst small people. Basically, it’s a good excuse for a jolly. Dress up on a dark evening, have fun with a bunch of mates and overdose on sugary treats. Hopefully, all supervised by a responsible adult or two. Get into the spooky spirit with some scary plants...

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  8. Jobs in the garden for September and October, make the most of mellow autumn days

    So here we are, already dipping into the mellow days of early autumn when the light levels are often perfect for photography in the garden. Rather than mourn the loss of summer, there’s work to be done outdoors. Here are five tips to help you get the garden in order so that it will look good for the rest of the autumn, through into winter.

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  9. How can you enjoy gardening all year round? Top trends for autumn and winter

    Gardening as an industry is in constant motion. Contrary to popular belief, enthusiasm rarely slows. Instead, we adaptable humans simply plan according to the times. As we enter autumn, there are as many gardening trends as there are in May. So what’s new for the near future?

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  10. Ban the bugs! These 9 plants will help to deter insects in your home

    The weather has cooled after the mini-heatwave in August, but those hot, sunny days promoted a rise in insect numbers. If you are still swatting flies and wasps in your home, you might like to consider a little biological control in the form of plants. Some flowers and foliage give off an aroma that bugs would rather avoid. Fill your windowsills and kitchens with pots or vases of the following in order to help deter insects.

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