As we move into autumn, the growing season slows down and it is time to pick the crops which have been growing all summer. It is a favourite time of the year for Bayer Garden’s Consumer Advisor, Anita Dent who took Ken Crowther for a wander around the garden.

A familiar sight across the Essex countryside is the fields of blue borage. With the drop in price of oil seed rape, borage is a good choice as a break crop for farmers who harvest it for its seed. The seeds are crushed and the oil extracted and used in pharmaceuticals, baby foods and cosmetics as farmer Hugh Pegrum told Ken Crowther.