In The Gar­den

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUT­DOOR SPACE WITH OUR EXPERT TIPS AND KNOW-HOW

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MONTH...TO DO THIS

■ AS­SESS YOUR GAR­DEN and plan what needs mov­ing, cut­ting back or di­vid­ing. Se­dum, dahlias, he­le­ni­ums, rud­beck­ias and or­na­men­tal grasses will all con­tinue to flower through au­tumn and add win­ter in­ter­est, too.

■ BUILD A BUG HO­TEL to in­crease bio­di­ver­sity in your gar­den. Sim­ply pick a flat area with a mix of sun and shade. Layer up some wooden pal­lets, then fill in be­tween them with bark, bam­boo canes, bro­ken tiles, straw and leaves. For more ideas, visit wildlifetrusts.org.

■ EN­COUR­AGE OTHER WILDLIFE into your gar­den. Asters and Michael­mas daisies, which are in flower now, are ideal nec­tar and pollen sources for but­ter­flies, moths and bee­tles. Finches will feast on their seeds in later months. Visit rspb.org. uk for more sug­ges­tions.

■ PLANT SPRING BULBS, such as daf­fodils, cro­cus, snow­drops and hy­acinths, now for a spring dis­play next year, but wait un­til Novem­ber for tulips. Buy fresh, plump bulbs that are firm to the touch and plant within a week, be­fore they sprout. Sow in drifts un­der trees, as well as in beds.

■ REAP THE HAR­VEST by lift­ing onions and dry­ing them on the soil sur­face be­fore stor­ing. Sweet­corn is ripe when the tas­sels start to shrivel and brown. Reg­u­larly pick ma­tur­ing veg­eta­bles to pre­vent spoil­ing and to en­cour­age fur­ther crop­ping.

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