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t Leave fallen leaves to act as a mulch in borders unless plants have suffered from a fungal disease.

t Use a garden vacuum to collect fallen fruit and pick up diseased leaves of fruit trees to prevent fungal spores overwintering on them.

t Leave crops such as beetroot and parsnips in the ground in a well-drained soil to keep over winter, digging them up only when you want to use them, to save you storage space and time.