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for your pot as they have been known to climb walls.More advice on growing strawberriesLearn how to raise new strawberry plants.Follow our step-by-step guide to growing early strawberries.Protecting strawberries from pests and soil splashes.Plant up a
with pests and diseases.Caring for your apple treesPreventing apple and pear scab.Combatting apple sawfly.Treating apple sooty blotch.Dealing with canker.Choose fruit varieties to grow in your gardenBrowse our collection of deciduous trees
of excavated soil on lawns and around the garden - and underground tunnels, found when digging the soil or making a new planting hole. Mole traps are very effective. Insert one in a tunnel, cover it with turf and an upturned bucket to exclude light, and check
Every garden has its fair share of slugs and the bad news is that they are around for most of the year. They're active mostly after dark, especially when it's damp. In hot dry weather they bury themselves to avoid dehydrating.Holes are chewed
beds weekly Around the gardenTie in shoots of clematis and climbers to supportsPlant out chrysanthemums for autumn flowersPrune overgrown Clematis montana after floweringFlowersHang pheromone traps in fruit trees to control pestsThin out congested fruit
garden hedgesAround the gardenTake cuttings from shrubsPrune out plain green shoots from variegated trees and shrubsCut lavender for drying when in full flowerFlowersHarvest onions sown last autumn for early cropsWater celery regularly in dry weather
Taking summer cuttings of lavender is so easy. Choose non-flowered shoots of this year's growth and ensure that it is free from pests and disease. Follow our simple step by step and get more of your favourite plants for free.Lavender plant
eggs? Collect old flower stalks or bamboo canes, follow our simple steps and you could be watching the fascinating insects in your garden this summer.A plank of untreated wood or ply at least 10cm wideA plentiful supply of hollow stems such as reeds
The large, beautiful caterpillar larvae of the elephant hawk moth has two pairs of eye markings, which are made even more prominent when it withdraws its head into its body. They are, typically, a blackish-brown colour but are sometimes green, and though their 'eyes' make them lo...
Purple-striped green beetles, 8mm long, congregate among the leaves, which they feed on. The beetles lay elongated eggs beneath the leaves from September and continue to do so on warm days right through winter. These hatch after a couple of weeks and the larvae feed on the plants...