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Plant of the Week: Calathea

Calathea is straightforward to look after, happy in any shady corner where it can have steady warmth and moist air (spray occasionally with tepid water to keep humidity high).

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Unhealthy weed killing

The future of commonly-used weedkiller glyphosate is less certain following a court ruling in the USA which ordered one of the biggest manufacturers, Monsanto, to pay $289 million (£226 million) in damages to a man who claimed glyphosate caused his cancer.

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What to do in your garden in September?

The gardening year is turning to its last dazzling farewell display of autumn colour soon, so it’s time to shake yourself out of the torpor of late summer and get going again.

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Delicious fresh greens to pick

There’s a host of cold-hardy salad ingredients which are able to grow quite happily even in watery winter sunlight, and are also resilient enough to put up with frost, snow and winter gales: just pop a cloche over the top during really bad weather to keep them in good condition.

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Plant of the Week: Skimmia

It’s a rare plant that gives interest all year, with masses of spring flowers followed by brilliant red berries and glossy evergreen foliage all through autumn and winter. 

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Store garlic for your winter supply

Harvest garlic now as soon as the foliage has yellowed and died back ready to store and use throughout the winter.

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Plant of the Week: Saintpaulia

With their sumptuously velvety, heart-shaped leaves and clusters of delightful little flowers held almost all year round...

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Gardens of peace

The Jardins de la Paix (Gardens of Peace) are a series of 15 gardens paying tribute to those who gave their lives in France between 1914 and 1918, one garden for each country.

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Store tomatoes for your winter supply

It’s been an amazingly good tomato year what with the heat and sunshine for weeks on end – so if you’ve eaten your fill of fresh tomatoes but still have a massive glut left over, now is the time to squirrel your surplus away for winter supplies.

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Plant of the Week: Gentian

The intense azure colouring of their flowers turns heads wherever they’re planted, making these tiny plants real show-stoppers in the garden.

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