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We love august • The month of holidays, tan lines and the slightly fading grandeur of our gardens as we sashay our way towards September, and the return to school and proper work. If you have been away somewhere exotic and have just staggered through the door exhausted by poolside cocktails, airports and overtired children, then perhaps this magazine was sitting on your doormat among a slather of bills and flyers. Welcome home – I hope you had a great break, and are ready for the glut of harvest time in your vegetable garden and the best of the dahlias yet to come.
Expert’s choice Agapanthus • You’re spoilt for choice with these star performers, says Graham Rice
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The Full monty • Rhythm and repetition are part of what makes gardening so rewarding, says Monty. But sometimes we all have to go back to square one…
Have your say • The view from your side of the fence
Clippings • Our roundup of the month’s latest gardening news and views
My gardening world Ray Mears • Adventurer and bushcraft guru Ray Mears is best known for eating insects and tracking foxes. Since 1994 he’s been presenting TV programmes including Extreme Survival (BBC2) and Wild Britain With Ray Mears (ITV). His latest mission is rewilding landscapes with urban biodiversity campaign, The Big Rewild. He lives with his wife and stepson in Sussex.
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Monty’s summer veg patch PART 3 PEAK HARVEST AND WINTER CROPS • Discover how to get the most from your veg patch as Monty shares his expert advice on harvesting veg and planning ahead for winter crops
Six winter salads to sow now • August is a good time, not only to harvest, but to sow and plant for winter and spring. Here are a few ideas for salads to see you through the winter. You can also plant out chicories, including endive and radicchio – if you didn’t sow seed in the spring you can buy plugs – and looking ahead, next month is a good time to plant out spring cabbage.
PLANTS WITH PURPOSE Part 6: Trees • Height, structure and a serene permanence make trees irresistible, says Carol Klein. The tricky bit? Choosing which one you want…
Pots for summer impact PART 3 BEST FOR BOLD COLOUR • In the final instalment of her summer container series, Arit shows us how to plant up a display teeming with seasonal colour and punch
Five great plants for colour
COOKING UP A TREAT • With hazy, lazy days gliding into balmyAugust nights, now is the perfect time to cook and enjoy your meals outdoors. Let Adam Frost be your guide as he looks at the very best ways to cook in your garden, from fire pits and barbecues, to stoves and pizza ovens
Gas barbecues • Kay Maguire puts gas barbecues to the test to discover the best ones for cooking outdoors
Cooking with gas • Convenience, ease of use and effciency are just a few of a gas barbecue’s many benefts
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Accessories • From gloves and cleaning brushes to tongs and thermometers, make the most...