Autumn days out


Before we have to batten down the hatches for the predicted Siberian winter we're going to face, take advantage of bright, crisp autumn days when we can really appreciate the burnt oranges, deep reds and warm yellows of the season.

Get your greenhouse winter-ready


The first frosts have already arrived in parts of the UK, which is your sign to get tender plants under cover before they succumb to the ravages of winter.

A prickly subject


Hedgehog populations are in trouble. They've declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than a million left in the UK, according to the RHS.

Getting to the core of apple success


October is the month for apple festivals, when National Trust gardens, nurseries, farms and orchards invite the public to taste and buy hundreds of different home-grown varieties, and get tips from top growers on how to reap the best harvests.

Counting on conifers


Gardeners who love a riot of colour throughout the seasons may dismiss conifers as dull, boring specimens which add little to the glory of the garden.

Size matters with giant veg


All over the country, vegetable growers are harvesting giant marrows, pumpkins, carrots and other whoppers to enter into competitions at autumn shows.

Back to basics to boost your plant stock


If you noticed some space in your borders this year, or some of your more established plants didn't flower as well as they have done previously, autumn is one of the key seasons to propagate.

Summer bulbs to lift or leave


Dahlias may still be blooming, but many other summer bulbs including lilies and gladioli, are now past their peak. So, what can you do to give summer bulbs the best chance of returning in future years?

Bag some bulbs for spring


Summer is nearly over and canny gardeners will now be stealing a march on spring by ordering their bulbs for autumn planting, or visiting local garden centres to see what's on offer.

Perk up your pond


In our increasingly urban landscape, ponds not only provide a place of solace and relaxation, but also a fantastic haven for wildlife.

How secure is your garden?


You may think your shed and all your garden contents are covered while you're away on holiday - but think again, because you may not be sufficiently insured.

Gardening? It's Child's Play!


School's out for summer - but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden.

Slow the flow this summer


We may have had the hottest July day on record and relatively little rain this month, but water companies are indicating they're not going to introduce hosepipe bans this year, according to a report in trade publication Horticulture Week.

The power of healing plants


As a teenager, Chris Beardshaw was a keen sportsman, running half-marathons for his county, destined to achieve great goals as an athlete.

Everything's coming up roses


Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free conditions for growing.

When the cat's away...


Now, I don't want to be a killjoy about people's pets, but when I see a neighbour's feline stray into my garden, I just want to get my claws out.

Scent-sational summer blooms


Stepping out onto the patio to be engulfed in waves of different fragrances is one of the most glorious sensations of summer.