What to do in the garden in October?

What to do in the garden in October?

The trees are burnishing red and gold, there’s a nip in the air and the smell of bonfires on a blustery wind: autumn is here and it’s time to tuck the garden up snug before winter arrives. It’s one of the busiest times of the gardening year, so here’s a list of the jobs you can be getting on with:

 

General tasks:

  • Make leafmould by stacking fallen leaves in bins made of chicken wire stapled to upright posts. It takes about a year for them to rot into a wonderful soil improver.
  • Raise pots on pot feet to allow surplus rain to drain out of the bottom more easily and prevent your pots becoming waterlogged.

Ornamental gardens

  • Bring forced bulbs out into the light as soon as you start to see green shoots emerging: they’ll be flowering within 8-10 weeks, just in time for Christmas.
  • Sow sweet peas in tall modules on a sunny windowsill: once germinated, move into a cold frame outside where they’ll spend winter as seedlings before bursting into flower a month earlier next year.
  • Plant roses in a sunny, sheltered location. There’s a rose for every spot, whether you’re training them up a wall or growing in containers: pop into the garden centre and we’ll help you choose.

Kitchen garden:

  • Plant lettuces in the greenhouse borders as soon as you clear away the tomato plants for a delicious crop of fresh-picked salads through winter. You’ll find ready-to-plant plugs here in the garden centre.
  • Pick the last autumn raspberries to turn into jam or freeze, then cut fruited canes down to ground level before mulching with garden compost to see them through winter.
  • Cut down yellowing asparagus stems and then weed through the beds, topping off with a generous mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost.

You might also be interested in:

Guide to gardening for the wellbeing

Gardening for wellbeing has become recognised more in recent years and there’s a reason why it’s so important for us all to appreciate. Gardening and working with plants has been used to help both physical and mental health illness since ancient times. We’ve listed some reasons why gardening is so good for you below, along with some things you can do in the garden for your own wellbeing.

Read more...
Outdoor Style: Contemporary gardens

Everyone has their own garden style from cottage gardens with lots of planting to formal spaces with perfect lawns, gardens are a great way to express yourself. If you are looking for something contemporary in your garden, we have some great tips for your outdoor space. Why not make it an extension of your home, the perfect place for relaxing and family BBQ’s.

Read more...
Garden plant of the moment: Honeysuckle

With its gorgeous tangles of stems and fragrant flowers tumbling over sunny walls in summer, honeysuckle is the classic cottage garden plant. But there’s more to honeysuckle than you might imagine. There are scented and unscented honeysuckles, shrubby honeysuckles and even honeysuckles that flower in the depths of winter. One thing’s for certain, there’s honeysuckle for every garden.

Read more...
5 x great ideas for Father's Day

Father’s day is a day of special celebration. All Fathers around the UK are told to put their feet up and enjoy being treated. From breakfast in bed to a lazy day on the sofa or perhaps a delicious lunch out with family. We have some great gift ideas so you can let your Father know he is a special person and loved lots.

Read more...