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Gardening: Q & A.

Byline: ADRIENNE WILD

THIS week's star letter comes from Josephine Cunliffe, of Tring, Herts, who wins pounds 20 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers. She writes: Is it possible to re-use tomato growing bags? They are expensive and it seems a waste to throw them out.

ADRIENNE SAYS: You can revitalise growing bags by mixing in some fresh compost and use them to grow winter varieties of lettuce, including lamb's lettuce or corn salad, and radish. Alternatively use them to improve the soil condition of your flower beds.

I WOULD like to add some late colour to my fading flower beds. What do you recommend? Patricia Walsh, Whitwell, Yorks.

ADRIENNE SAYS: For late season colour you can't beat sedums, asters and Japanese anemones. Sedum Autumn Joy is a striking variety with carmine red flowers that attract butterflies. Asters will also attract butterflies and the lavender-blue flowers of Aster frikatii Monch make a stunning partner for sedums or the white and pink varieties of Japanese annum.

I HAVE been inspired by the garden makeover shows and would like to replace my lawn with gravel and raised beds made from railway sleepers. I am however, having a problem finding the sleepers locally. Do you know where I can buy them? Jess Turner, Middleton, Essex.

ADRIENNE SAYS: Sleeper Supplies (01308 888676 or www.sleeper-supplies.co.uk) supply nationwide. Prices start at pounds 12 plus delivery.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2001
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