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Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage starts to die down, so that you can store them for eating through winter.

Most types of maincrop onion keep really well if they’re dried properly, so it’s worth taking your time over the job. Choose a dry spell of weather and gently lift the bulbs with a hand fork, then lay them on the soil to dry. In seasons when it's impossible to find a long enough window of sunshine – so that...

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Find inspiration at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

City gardeners will find inspiration and to spare at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as the emphasis is firmly on gardening in an urban setting.

City Garden Inspiration

The show is highlighting ways to green up grey spaces and help create healthier, more sustainable cities while combatting some of the big environmental issues we face. The all-new ‘Future Spaces’ category is full of great ideas, including a garden d...

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It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot

It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot – in fact, late sowings made in July can be really helpful for keeping your patch productive right through autumn and into winter.

Sow more veg for your plot

Aim to replace your first harvest of new potatoes, broad beans and lettuces as soon as you clear the crop away. You can sow most varieties of fast-maturing vegetables two or even three times in a season. All the salad veg...

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Remove algae and pond weed from water features

Remove algae and pond weed from water features to keep them looking at their best. Algae turns water an unattractive green. Natural solutions which won’t harm fish or wildlife, such as floating barley pads on the surface of the water or using liquid additives and extracts in the water to subtly change the water’s pH, making it unattractive to algae. But the best way to prevent it is simply to grow more pond plants: aim to keep about a third of t...

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Cut herbs to store for winter

Cut herbs to store for winter right now and keep that just-snipped, fresh-from-the-garden flavour in your cooking all winter long.

Storing Herbs

It might seem early to be thinking about winter storage, but herbs are at their absolute peak this month. Pick as large a bunch as you can from leafy herbs like basil, marjoram, mint, coriander, parsley, dill and chervil, preferably in the morning when they're full of essential oils and at t...

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Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn

Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn with a little extra attention now to keep them flowering and looking at their best through summer and beyond.

Rose bloom

Dead-heading is the single most important thing you can do to keep those flowers coming: removing spent flowers encourages more buds to form. Snip the flowered stem right back to the next healthy bud below.

If it’s been dry, give each plant a thorough soak...

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What to do in the garden in July

Summertime… and the living is easy. The hard work drops away and you have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful garden you’ve created. There are a few small jobs you can be getting on with, though:

General tasks:

  • Edge lawns with edging shears to keep them sharp and neat: lawn edges grow faster than surrounding grass so need trimming more regularly.
  • Clip hedges now that the birds ha...
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The world’s largest flower show opens its doors this week

The world’s largest flower show opens its doors this week as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show gets under way.

Hampton Court Flower Show

There’s a new category this year, ‘Gardens for a Changing World’, with designers taking as their theme how gardeners can meet the challenges we face in our ever-changing world. Among the big subjects they tackle are extreme rainfall, the healing power of plants, and the use of plants...

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Look after your tomatoes well

Look after your tomatoes well at this time of year and they’ll reward you with baskets of gorgeous sun-ripened fruits bursting with juice and flavour.

Tomato care

Go through your plants weekly nipping out any side shoots emerging between the main stem and the leaves. Let them grow and the plant produces lots of greenery at the expense of fruit, so snap them off between thumb and forefinger at no more than 10cm long.

Kee...

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Plant globe artichokes now

Plant globe artichokes now to enjoy one of the gourmet highlights of the veg garden as well as adding a handsome, architectural plant to your back garden display.

Globe artichokes

Globe artichokes are among the most beautiful of vegetable plants, with jagged silvery leaves which grow a whopping 1.5m tall and wide. They make a striking feature plant, especially when topped with those tall flower spikes: leave a few on the plant to ope...

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