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DECEMBER – HTA PLANT OF THE MOMENT FESTIVE FAVOURITES – HTA THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to your garden than with two traditional Christmas favourites – Holly and Ivy. Countless cards carry their image, often with leaves touched by frost or covered with a crisp layer of snow, and your garden displays will have even greater appeal.

These are perfect garden plants, and they’ll provide material for indoor arrangements and table decorations too. What be...

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Ambassadors for gardening are setting out to enthuse a new generation

Ambassadors for gardening are setting out to enthuse a new generation with the joys of getting your hands dirty, with the aim of encouraging more young people to take up horticulture as a profession.

A New Generation of Gardening

Award-winning garden designer and Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost and young horticulturist Jamie Butterworth are on tour around the country, helping judge the Royal Horticultural Society’s national ‘Green Plan It...

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The National Allotment Society (NAS) says it is ‘very disappointed’

The National Allotment Society (NAS) says it is ‘very disappointed’ about a High Court ruling to allow closure of an allotment site in Watford, near London, to make way for a health complex and housing.

National Allotment Society

Farm Terrace Allotments had become a landmark case in the fight to protect allotment sites from the pressure to build more housing, attracting support from concerned gardeners around the country. However, a judge ruled t...

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The RHS is calling for keen amateur garden photographers

The RHS is calling for keen amateur garden photographers to enter their best snaps in the RHS Photographic Competition, open until the end of February.

Calling All Garden Photographers

Among nine categories you can enter are one specifically for youngsters under the age of 18, and the Greening Grey Britain category to support the charity’s campaign to transform neglected spaces into flower-filled havens. There’s also a category for wildlife in th...

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This year’s autumn colour display has been pronounced ‘beyond spectacular’

This year’s autumn colour display has been pronounced ‘beyond spectacular’ by one of the country’s leading autumn gardens, the Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

Autumn Colour

‘The arboretum always colours well, but this year I’ve noticed certain individual trees that are looking beyond spectacular with intensely bright colour,’ said director of operations Stuart Priest.

At Stourhead in Wiltshire, famous for its autumn displa...

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Store your surplus maincrop carrots

Store your surplus maincrop carrots to keep them in good condition for eating later in winter.

Store Carrots for Eating Later in Winter

Seasoned veg growers sow two types of carrot: sweet, tender early carrots which mature in double- quick time to pull fresh and eat straight away, and slower-maturing maincrop varieties to harvest all at once in late autumn for winter stores.

Main crop carrots include some of the most delicious varieties there...

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Planting trees can cut urban air pollution by up to 24%

Planting trees can cut urban air pollution by up to 24% according to a new study by US think tank The Nature Conservancy.

Planting Trees

Researchers measured microscopic particles of pollution near trees and compared them to particulate counts in areas where there were no trees growing. They found levels were between 7% and 24% lower near trees. The study also found that trees caused a ‘cooling’ effect, reducing air temperatures nearby by up to 2...

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Results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are in

Results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are in – and the majority of butterflies are continuing to struggle with populations of most species falling, and some at their lowest numbers since the count began.

Big Butterfly Count

More than 36,000 people took part in the count this year, spotting about 390,000 butterflies over the three-week recording period in midsummer.

The Gatekeeper, Comma and Small Copper butterflies experienced their...

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Force Witloof chicory in the dark

Force Witloof chicory in the dark for one of the most delicious gourmet treats of the winter veg garden. Witloof chicory produces torpedo-shaped pale yellow ‘chicons’ or chicory hearts in just four to six weeks after harvest. They add crunch and sophistication sliced sparingly into winter salads, or if you want to tone down the bitterness even further, try braising them gently in the oven with shallots and thyme.

Witloof Chicory

Sow your chicory...

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What to do in the garden in November

As winter starts to bite, it’s time to batten down the hatches and make sure the garden is shipshape ready for the bad weather to come. Here are some of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.

General tasks:

  • Wrap tender plants with hessian wrapped around a thick layer of straw to protect stems from frost damage.
  • Plant bare-root hedging as soon as you get saplings home: if it’s too wet or frosty, heel them in temporarily til...
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