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Learn to garden in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's veg plot

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 25, 2013

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Discover how to grow perfect veg at a day-long course based in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's garden next month. Hugh's head gardener, Craig Rudman, is giving advice at River Cottage HQ near Axminster, East Devon, teaching a range of skills and techniques for growing your own food.

With his extensive gardening knowledge, Craig will explain how to grow a wide variety of delicious seasonal and organic vegetables. The course includes advice on pest control, how to work a crop rotation scheme and lunch in River Cottage itself.

Craig will also cover propagation techniques, such as direct sowing or sowing into modules.

The day includes a tour of Hugh's River Cottage HQ gardens (pictured) as well as advice about what to do in each season, such as fruit pruning, early spring crops, planting schedules and using green manures.

The River Cottage Veg Course takes place on September 1 from 10am-5pm and costs £100 if you book online.

For further information call 01297 630302 or visit the website www.rivercottage.net for details.

If you are looking for paintings or sculpture for your home, then check out the Lemon Street Gallery website in Truro, which is running an innovative online Summer Exhibition until September 14.

Work by many of the Cornish gallery's acclaimed artists is being displayed on its website. You can request a real-life viewing at the gallery, either with a view to purchase or just to take a closer look.

Artists taking part include painter William Selby (pictured above, with an example of his work) who lives in Brixham.

For more details and to view the online exhibition, visit www.lemonstreetgallery.co.uk

Some interesting properties sold at an auction held recently at The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock. Star of the show was Woodacott Holiday Park, a holiday bungalow and fishing lake business near Holsworthy in North Devon. It sold after competitive bidding for £401,000, off a guide price of £300,000-£350,000.

A three-bed terraced character house in Fore Street, Goldsithney, near Penzance reached £101,000 off a guide of £85,000-£95,000. Briar Cottage, Looe, a three-bed cottage sold for its guide price of £100,000.

Auction House Devon and Cornwall's next sale is on September 12 at the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock. Call 01837 52381 for details.

The first Autumn Cornwall Home Show will take place on October 26 and 27 at Kingsley Village near Summercourt.

It follows the success of the spring Cornwall Home Show this year and will showcase more than 40 homes and interior businesses. The focus will be on preparing homes for Christmas, as well as new-build and renovation projects. Exhibitors include home furnishings, kitchens, renewable energy suppliers and building firms.

Andrew Weaver, founder and event organiser, says: "This year's spring Cornwall Home Show was our best yet so we have decided to launch an autumn show." Visit www.cornwallhomeshow.co.uk

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