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Remove faded annuals to make way for spring bedding plants and bulbs. To colour theme your borders, draw up a plan and look out for named varieties of plants to achieve the right effect. The best choice will be available by mail order from the specialist growers.

Dig new borders ready for autumn planting. There will soon be lots of plant bargains on offer as garden centres stock up for Autumn Magic planting promotions. On very dry soil add well-rotted manure or garden compost. If necessary use a clay breaker conditioner to create a crumbly texture that roots will roam through more easily.

Sow lettuce for a continuous winter supply. Try Tom Thumb, a small variety with a solid head which is perfect in a limited space. It is fast growing and ideal for a cold frame. All Year Round is a medium- sized lettuce with solid, crisp hearts. It's very hardy and resists dry weather well. In a cool greenhouse grow Sabrina, exclusive to Mr Fothergill's seeds, which is quick to mature and has excellent disease resistance.

Cut off and dispose of mouldy tips of goose-berry bushes. Give the bushes a final spray for mildew using Nimrod-T.

Pick apples as they ripen. The first big windfall indicates that they are ready for harvesting. To remove them, cup the fruit and twist gently - a ripe apple will come away easily with the stalk still attached. Those which ripen much before October will not store well, so pick them in batches to last for about two weeks.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Wild, Adrienne
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 1996
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