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2013 garden competition results

Release Date: 15-Oct-2013
The lovely summer prompted lots of interest in our annual garden competition. With dozens of fabulous gardens to choose from, our judges had a tough time choosing the winners.
Overall winner - Margaret Baker from Hightown. Pictured with prize sponsor, Kenny, from Huddersfield Travel

Overall winner - Margaret Baker from Hightown. Pictured with prize sponsor, Kenny, from Huddersfield Travel

Best use of small space - Mark Donaldson from Netherton

Best use of small space - Mark Donaldson from Netherton

According to gardening expert Graham Porter, "This year's competition has once again shown how much tenants and residents care for their gardens. We saw some stunning examples of how people can make their gardens more colourful and productive with a little work and investment. Congratulations to everyone who took part."

Best individual garden & overall winner - Margaret Baker, Hightown

Best use of small space - Mark Donaldson, Netherton

Best food garden - Ian Taylor, Batley Carr

Best communal garden - Rita & Julie King, Batley Carr

We had a great set of entries to this year’s gardening competition and we’d love to see even more next year. We’d especially like to see more neighbours getting involved and showing off their street or estate. If this is something you’d like to see too, please talk to your housing officer or tenants & residents association – they may know of others who want to get involved.

Even though the weather is turning colder, there’s still lots you can do in the garden. Now is a great time to think about what you could do in the spring – you might want to create a vegetable plot, add some new plants or move things around.

If you’re a novice and don’t know where to begin, there are dozens of websites, books and magazines aimed at all levels of experience – or why not get involved with our Plant It project to help with a community garden and pick up some tips?

Autumn gardening jobs

• Cut back hedges now that the birds have flown their nests
• Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly. Putting them out of the way in bin bags will enable them to rot down into mulch for the summer
• Tidy up or cut back perennials that have died down.
• Mow and aerate your lawn to get it ready for the winter
• Plant bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and crocus for a spring display next year
• Plant vegetables such as broad beans, garlic, onions and spring cabbage. You can even plant some lettuces so you have salad through the winter.
• Bring any tender plants under cover or surround them with straw to help protect against frost
• Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging and insulate them from frost - bubblewrap works well
• Put out bird food and water to encourage winter birds into the garden