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How to prepare your winter garden for a productive new year

Shirley Lanigan tells you what to do with rhubarbs, apples, pears, plums, raspberries, rocket, Jerusalem artichokes, Swiss chard, leeks, winter cabbage, spinach, purple sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries.

Jobs in the vegetable plot for early October

Shirley Lanigan advises gardeners that nature abhors a vacuum and there are useful jobs you can do in the garden at this time of year to maintain it — as well as plants that you can sow {openx:269} It is a good feeling to arrive into October having enjoyed a warm, mostly dry and for a few precious days, glorious

A berry nice crop for the autumn

Shirley Lanigan writes that with a little ground preparation and care, autumn-fruiting raspberries are one of the easiest of all fruits to grow in your garden {openx:269} Arriving home from a holiday, the absentee gardener can sometimes wish they never left their post.

Don’t veg out just yet…

Shirley Lanigan says that although the growing season is almost over, there are still a few vegetables that can succeed at this time of year.

Thyme to plant your herbs

Shirley Lanigan says that growing herbs is one of the most popular forms of gardening, and even the amateur gardener can do quite well if they understand the basics of what each herb requires to flourish {openx:269} Of all the different types of gardens there are, herb gardens are among the most popular.

Time to reap, time to sow

Shirley Lanigan writes that even though June might be the best month for harvesting in the vegetable garden, there is other work to be done to ensure that you have vegetables into the autumn and winter.

Weather is usually the best gardener

Shirley Lanigan writes that now is the time to really get busy in the vegetable garden and you will soon see the fruits of your labours… literally! Ornamental gardens are generally at their best at this time of year.

It’s still not too late to get planting

Shirley Lanigan says that now is the time to get planting beans, courgettes and pumpkins and offers some tips for getting the most out of these plants this year While many of the vegetables that we can grow outside are already in the ground and faring nicely, there are some crops that really must wait until the year is well