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Gardening: end of season tidy-up tips

Damon Smith
ARE your hanging baskets looking a little sorry, your pots pathetic and your borders brimming with weeds? Here are some easy but effective garden tidy-up tips.

Take on Nature: In praise of the magnificent sunflower

Stephen Colton
IN PRAISE of the magnificent sunflower, Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, wrote that it: "Climbs the upland lawn, And bows in homage to the rising dawn, Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray, And watches, as it moves, the orb of day.

Casual Gardener: What now for weedkillers?

John Manley
IN AN ironic twist, the post-drought explosion in weeds has coincided with an upsurge in the media’s interest in glyphosate, the key component in RoundUp, the world’s favourite weedkiller.

The truth about wasps

Hannah Stephenson
THE warm summer has led to a rise in wasp numbers, according to pest controllers, while the heat has caused fruit – the wasp's favourite sugary meal – to ripen much faster than usual.