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What to do in the garden in October?

It’s one of the busiest times of the gardening year, so here’s a list of the jobs you can be getting on with! 

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Plant of the Week: Begonia

Described as the hottest houseplant of 2018, it’s no wonder begonias are having a bit of a moment.

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European Tree of the Year

Vote now for your favourite tree and it could go forward to stand against trees throughout Europe for the coveted European Tree of the Year title. The shortlisted trees have been chosen for Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and now it’s over to you as the public have the final say in which ones are crowned Tree of the Year for their nation.

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A boost of cheerful colour for spring

Plant bulbs now to naturalise in lawns and long grass for a quick and easy way to add a boost of cheerful colour in spring, while also providing valuable early nectar for the season’s first pollinating insects.

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Celebrating your apple harvest

Look out for apple festivals at gardens, orchards, village centres and National Trust properties across the country. The biggest of them all is the Apple Festival on October 13th and 14th at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm in Kent, home to an astonishing 2,200 different varieties of apple – the largest collection in the world.

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Plant of the Week: Pennisetum

When you’re putting together a garden, all five senses count. Sight, scent and taste are provided easily with a few pretty, perfumed roses and a vegetable patch: but the senses of touch and sound are often forgotten.

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Store winter squash

Harvest winter squash to store for winter, filling your shelves with rich, flavour-packed fruits to turn into hearty casseroles, soups, roasts and bakes right through the coldest months of the year.

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Malvern Autumn Show

The first of this autumn’s harvest celebrations gets underway next weekend at the Malvern Autumn Show, an extravaganza of giant veg and foodie heaven that will have your mouth watering.

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Plant of the Week: Chrysanthemum

Choose from traditional spray chrysanthemums, grown for cut flowers, or hardy varieties which flower their socks off through October and November, when everything else is retiring for winter.

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Gardening for the soul

A survey of x000 gardeners found that over 85% agreed that visiting a garden has a positive impact on their wellbeing, with eight in 10 feeling happier after strolling around a garden.

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