Things to do in October!

  • Finish planting evergreen shrubs. Mulching will help them to survive the winter too.
  • Plant new climbers.
  • Plant new perennials.
  • Plant tulip and lily bulbs. We have a great range of spring bulbs now in stock.
  • Divide overgrown perennials. Two forks back to back in the middle of the clump and then prised apart works really well.
  • Lift and store dahlias, gladioli and summer flowering bulbs. Allowing dahlias to stand ‘upside-down’ to dry out will help them not to rot off during the winter.
  • Cut down the dying tops of perennial vegetables
  • Lift and divide rhubarb. Cover with a mulch to protect the crown during the winter.
  • Rake up fallen leaves, and pile them up to make leafmould, or stuff into bags at the back of the compost heap. Remember to make a few holes in the bag first to let air in and water out!
  • Continue clearing up the garden, and burn or bin debris, especially burn any that shows signs of fungal infection.
  • Dig over empty areas of soil. I find it helpful to cover with old carpet or recycled black plastic to keep weeds down and the soil will warm up much more quickly in the spring. Alternatively, consider sowing a green manure.
  • Tidy ponds and remove pumps for the Winter.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO….

  • Finish planting spring bedding
  • Finish planting spring flowering bulbs

GET IN FRONT….

  • Prepare for planting bare-rooted stock next month
  • Make early sowing of broad beans for next year
  • Sow sweet peas for next year under cover

 

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