Tools & Equipment

12 pumpkins and squash to grow

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

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Pumpkins and squash c. Paul Debois

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

Pumpkins and the increasingly popular winter squash offer a rainbow of colours to the garden and culinary delights to the kitchen. They are easy to grow and can be used as ground cover or as climbers, and range in all manner of size, so there’s one for every garden. Here Alys Fowler lists some favourites:

Growing quince - PLUS recipe for baked quince

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

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Quince c. Jason Ingram

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

In the October 2011 issue of the magazine, garden writer Lia Leendertz explains why we should grow quince and how. Not only is it an attractive tree with pretty blossom but the golden fruits it bears in October are a culinary delight. Plus there's a recipe here to try.

 

Growing quince

10 of the best cloches for your garden

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

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Cloche choice c. Sean Malyon

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

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Glass and wire bell cloche (next to watering can)
18 diameter x 25cm h,
£19.99 from Crocus

Woven bamboo tunnel cloche
1m l x 40cm h x 45cm w,
£20 from Gifts & Gardens

Chase barn cloche wire framework (glass not included)
£12 from Hibbitt of Oswestry

12 pretty plants for wildlife lovers

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

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Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Plants for wildlife

Create this gorgeous planting combination

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

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Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Helen Lewis from Ferdinandushof nursery in the Netherlands creates a gorgeous planting scheme for dahlias and complementary grases and perennials. She calls this one 'Fireball' - oranges, yellows, reds and limes combine with rich purples to dramatic effect.

Take these dahlias

 

 

 

 

 

How to employ a gardener - the flip side

One of our readers sent us a cartoon providing her side of the story when it comes to being employed as a gardener

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Addison cartoon

One of our readers sent us a cartoon providing her side of the story when it comes to being employed as a gardener

One of our readers wrote to us in response to our feature on 'How to Employ a Gardener'. In fact she didn't just write to us, she drew us a cartoon - and we featured a snippet in the Letters page of our September issue (213, page 102).

However, we thought it would be a shame not to show you it all. So here it is:

25 of the best English gardens to visit

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, why not make the most of what remains of summer and visit a garden. Garden designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse chooses 25 of her favourites, which will be looking at their late summer best.

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Coleton Fishacre c. Carole Drake

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, why not make the most of what remains of summer and visit a garden. Garden designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse chooses 25 of her favourites, which will be looking at their late summer best.

 

26 of the best scented plants

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

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Scented flowers

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

Here's our guide to choosing scented plants throughout the year. Val Bourne lists a selection of her favourites.

 

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Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

12 great plants for encouraging beneficial insects

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

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Pollinator friendly plants c. Elke Borkowski

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

"It all started with a visit to Box Hill one hot June afternoon. After a vigorous climb, I threw myself on the ground, closed my eyes and became aware of much noise and activity around me. I opened my eyes and stared. A few inches from my face were bees, covered with pollen supping nectar, butterflies flitting from one flower to another, ants and beetles lugging food to their nests, and a multitude of other beasties I didn’t recognise.

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