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"But now in September the garden has cooled"

We are experiencing more comfortable temperatures though not yet the rainfall needed to replenish the aquifers and reservoirs. The weather will gradually turn cooler, night time temperatures dropping as daylight hours reduce.  I try to tidy...

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Wildflowers
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Wildflowers

We supply single species and mixes of wildflowers and grasses suitable for various soil types and situations, sourced from UK growers. September is a good month to sow your wildflower seeds. Rake up the ground...

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Ben Cooper's Marinara Sauce and Tomato/Chilli Chutney
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Ben Cooper's Marinara Sauce and Tomato/Chilli Chutney

What is in season in August Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chicory, Chillies, Courgettes, Cucumber, Damsons, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Greengages, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Loganberries, Mangetout, Marrow, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Peas,...

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"Whilst August yet wears her golden crown"

As our thoughts turn to getting away, possibly to a lovely, secluded space or sunny beach or conversely to the pell-mell helter-skelter of theme parks, the garden still needs some care and attention. Whilst long...

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Grow your own cut flowers
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Grow your own cut flowers

Start sowing biennials such as Icelandic poppies (papaver nudicaule) , sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis). foxgloves (digitalis), honesty (lunaria annua), sweet william (dianthus barbatus) and wallflowers (erysimum cheiri) which naturally shed seed this time of year....

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Ben Cooper's Rhuberry and White Chocolate Brulee
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Ben Cooper's Rhuberry and White Chocolate Brulee

What is in season in June Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackcurrants, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chicory, Chillies, Courgettes, Cucumber, Elderflowers, Gooseberries, Lettuce, Marrow, New Potatoes, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Rocket, Runner Beans, Samphire,...

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June, the month of leaves and roses,
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June, the month of leaves and roses,

As June edges into summer, it could be safe to assume that the frosts are over though not guaranteed.. So harden off and plant out those varieties that have been brought on inside, making sure...

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rainbow chard red, orange, yellow and pink stems, dark green leaves
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Grow Your Own Rainbow (veg)

Why a rainbow? Because different colours possess different phytonutrients providing different health benefits. As a general rule, the most colourful fruit and vegetables are richest in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some vegetable types come in many shades...

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Ben Cooper's Aubergine and chickpea satay curry
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Ben Cooper's Aubergine and Chickpea Satay Curry

May Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Chicory, Chillies, Elderflowers, Lettuce, Marrow, New Potatoes, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rocket, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Watercress. Aubergine and chick-pea satay curry Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2...

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"That's some daisy chain"

Not for the fastidious; leaving your lawn uncut for 'No Mow May'(or even until August).  Having tried this last year, this May my lawn is already growing field speedwell and sweet violet in amongst the...

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Pink blossom at start of May
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May! Queen of blossoms

May! Queen of blossoms, / And fulfilling flowers, / With what pretty music / Shall we charm the hours?  Lord Edward Thurlow The soil is warming up as the days lengthen and the sun makes...

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