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Dry tomatoes and other fruits

Dry tomatoes and other fruits to keep them in perfect condition for deliciously nutritious snacks right through winter.

Dry Tomatoes

Dried tomatoes are a classic of Italian cuisine and for sheer tastiness there are few better ways to preserve your surplus tomato crop. You can also dry apples, pears and apricots; and you can wow the kids by drying berry fruits into ‘fruit leathers’, perfectly preserved strips of dried fruit you ca...

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A prison in Lancashire has won a prestigious award for its gardens

A prison in Lancashire has won a prestigious award for its gardens, described by judges as ‘excellent’ and ‘scrupulously tidy’.

MHP Wymott wins Award for its Gardens

HMP Wymott, in the village of Ulnes Walton near Leyland, Preston, has a population of 1,126 prisoners, 50 of whom work on the prison’s extensive gardens. It beat four other finalists to scoop the RHS Windlesham Trophy, given to the best prison garden in England...

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Clear away plant supports

Clear away plant supports as part of your end-of- season clear up and store them carefully for next year.

Clear Away Those Plant Supports

Whether they’re bamboo canes, hazel rods, or metal plant grids and obelisks they’ll do sterling service for years to come if you treat them well now.

Untwine old plant stems and cart them off to the compost heap as long as they weren’t diseased (in which case put them in with the green waste collection...

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British gardens have a new and unwelcome visitor

British gardens have a new and unwelcome visitor as an Asian hornet has been spotted for the first time in Gloucestershire.

New Garden Pests

The sighting prompted a search for its nest across a three-mile surveillance zone. A large nest was subsequently found at the top of a conifer tree and destroyed.

The insects are up to 3cm in length, with entirely dark-brown bodies with the last abdominal segment almost entirely yellow. They also have yel...

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Ripen the last of the green tomatoes now

Ripen the last of the green tomatoes now before it’s too late. There are always a few underripe tomatoes left at the end of the season, but there’s still time to persuade at least some of them to turn red before the first frosts.

Persuade those Tomatoes!

First, 'stop' your plants by removing growing tips so they're concentrating on fruit rather than new foliage. Then maximise what heat there is by detaching plants from supports and laying them fl...

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Celebrate the nation’s favourite fruit at an Apple Day near you

Celebrate the nation’s favourite fruit at an Apple Day near you. These annual festivals of all things appley are taking place around the country throughout this month, so look out for the event nearest you.

National Apple Day!

Among the biggest is the National Apple Festival, held at the home of largest collection of apples in the country, Brogdale Fruit Collection in Kent (www.brogdalecollections.org...

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What to do in the garden in October

The brilliant colours of autumn, caught by rays of mellow sunshine, are among the highlights of the gardening year. It’s also time to put the garden gently to bed, so there’s plenty to get on with this month!

General tasks:

Go on a slug and snail hunt looking for both pests and clumps of their pearly white eggs.

Clear autumn leaves from flower beds regularly, especially if they’re collecting in the crown...

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October - HTA Plant of the Moment in search of berried treasure

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that can last well into winter. From elder berries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, the addition of berrying plants adds to a new dimension to any garden, with plants carry fruits and berries through autumn and into winter.

Berrying plants also provide home grown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to any garden.

Evergr...

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Over one in ten native species of plant and wildlife in Britain are facing extinction

Over one in ten native species of plant and wildlife in Britain are facing extinction, and about half are in decline according to the latest analysis of the state of wildlife in our country today.

Is Britain's Wildlife facing Extinction?

Over 50 plant conservation and wildlife organisations pooled resources to create the State of Nature report, monitoring almost 10,000 species from plants and lichens to birds and butterflies.

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Green walls and roof gardens play a far greater part in improving city living

Green walls and roof gardens play a far greater part in improving city living than previously thought, according to a new research study.

Improving City Living

Researchers looked at five cities – Berlin, Hong Kong, Melbourne, London and Los Angeles – and measured the impact on noise, pollution and heat of green infrastructure such as vertical planting and green roofs.

They found greenery on buildings can reduce air polluti...

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