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Plant autumn-flowering crocuses

Plant autumn-flowering crocuses for an extraordinary display later this year as the delicately beautiful flowers rise as if by magic from the ground just as the rest of the garden is slowing down.

Autumn-flowering Crocus

Most people associate crocuses with springtime, but in fact the range of autumn-flowering crocuses is huge – here in the garden centre at Thirsk we believe they ought to be more widely grown, so we’re putting out...

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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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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.

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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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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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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:

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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.

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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.

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Create an alpine trough

Create an alpine trough to display the tiniest, most delicate beauties of the plant world to perfection, set off against sculptural stone and grit just as they would be in their mountainous homeland.

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It’s British Flowers Week

It’s British Flowers Week – your chance to celebrate the best of British grown, beautifully fresh cut flowers and foliage. Put together your own gorgeous bouquet of in-season British-grown flowers to mark the occasion: right now you’re spoilt for choice, with roses, alstroemeria, lilacs, freesias, lavender,  pinks and sweet williams all in season and flowering their socks off.

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