Find out what to do in your garden now.
- Mulch borders with compost if not done in the spring.
- Continue deadheading if weather is mild.
- Remove fallen leaves from roses to prevent blackspot.
- Continue to tidy borders of weeds and leaves.
- Transplant any plants that need to be moved.
- Plant spring bulbs such as daffodils etc. But NOT tulips – wait until November to avoid tulip blight.
- Lift and divide perennials.
- Plant up containers etc. for winter bedding displays.
- Apply autumn lawn feed etc.
- Now is a good time to plant trees and shrubs – the soil is moist and warm.
- Sow sweet peas under glass.
- Can lift summer flowering bulbs / tubers and overwinter in greenhouse or can heavily mulch plants and leave in the ground. E.g. gladioli, dahlia, canna.
- Cut back herbaceous perennials as they die back.
- Prune climbing roses to avoid wind rock.
- Refill bird feeders regularly.
- Install insect hotels / log piles.
- Begin planting garlic
- Apply fleece to late season crops when frost is forecast.
- Lift and divide rhubarb.
- Clear away old foliage of strawberries to prevent pest and diseases.
- Pot up herbs and take into frost free greenhouse or windowsill to continue cropping through the winter.
- Complete planting onion setts and plant out spring cabbage.
- Harvest squash and pumpkin if not already done so.
Written by: Alex Bell, www.alexbellgardendesign.co.uk
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