BBC Essex gardening presenter Ken Crowther answers all your gardening questions and queries. This week he is joined by Dave Gillam, general manager at Abercorn Garden Centre in Essex.


The annual celebration of the apple takes place throughout the UK in October. It’s a great opportunity to try different varieties of the fruit, enjoy local ciders or juices at one of the many events held across the country. Fran from Lubera has her countdown to National Apple Day.



Part of the apple family, the fruits of the quince are used to produce the traditional jelly. However, unlike an apple the fruit is much harder and has to be sliced to be eaten. The growers at Wilkin and Son in Tiptree check the quince on a weekly basis to see if they are ready to be picked as Andrey Ivanov told Ken Crowther.


This month on the Kings Seed Plot the runner beans are already over. It’s not usual for Andrew Tokely to be still picking his runner beans into October and beyond. However, this year they took a bit of a battering by the wind and had to be stripped down early as Andrew explained to Ken Crowther.