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12 Oct 2016

Garden Lover's Diary - October 2016

Sarah Sandys-Renton
Garden Lover's Diary - October 2016

Apple Day
October plays host to one of my favourite celebration days. Apple Day is celebrated at events nationwide including gardens, museums, markets and schools – and what an honourable subject! I’m extremely proud of my apple press - it’s a brilliant excuse to get friends and family over with all the apples they can carry, to press bottle after bottle of sweet, golden juice. I hope this special day will encourage you to pick, taste, juice, bake and generally enjoy the quintesentially British apple too.

Celebrating 50 years of gardening
We’ll be celebrating 50 years of the TV programme at the 2017 Show, including the Nostalgia Garden which looks back to garden style of the 60s when Gardeners’ World first graced our screens, with many other features delving into gardening over the decades. We’ll also unveil, at the Show, the nation's favourite plant as chosen by our BBC Gardeners’ World Live visitors plus Gardeners' World viewers and Magazine readers. We’ll be in touch soon to tell you how to get involved.

In season – Wild mushrooms
Foraging for mushrooms in the autumn is a real treat. What can be more satisfying than rustling up a tasty dish made with food you’ve come by for free, with no food miles and certainly no additives. Go with someone who knows their mushrooms, or try an organised foray to be sure of what’s what. Even have a go at growing your own mushrooms - they’re not wild as such, but homegrown mushrooms are pretty good too! 
Wild mushrooms have such a rich flavour that one of my favourite ways to enjoy them are simply on their own…on toast.

Plant of the month – Pyracantha (Firethorn)
This evergreen shrub oozes the very essence of autumn. It can be trained against a wall or planted as a dense hedge, producing fragrant white flowers in summer which develop into a covering of berries in a spectrum of orangey hues in autumn. Pyracantha are fantastic for wildlife – birds find the berries a delicacy and bees find the nectar irresistible. What’s more, they’re easy to grow too. So if you’ve got a boundary that needs some cover, I think you’ve found your plant!

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