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What to do in the garden this week

Flowers

 

  • Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns
  • Plant up patio pots for autumn interest
  • Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them in a shed or garage
  • Prune rambling and climbing roses, and shorten long shoots on standard roses
  • Plant spring bedding, including wallflowers and forget-me-nots, among tulips
  • Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials
  • Net holly berries to protect them from hungry birds if you want them for Christmas arrangements
  • Plant lily bulbs, including fragrant Lilium regale, in groups among low shrubs to bloom next summer
  • Move shrubs that are growing in the wrong places

Fruit and Veg

 

  • Make a cross-cut in cabbage stems when harvesting to encourage a further crop
  • Sow broad beans for early crops next May and June
  • Put cloches over tender herbs like basil and coriander
  • Pot up mint, chives and parsley to keep on a bright window sill
  • Sow green manure crops such as field beans and grazing rye
  • Plant garlic and autumn onion sets
  • Cover endive to blanch the leaves
  • Dig up and pot up roots of chicory for winter forcing
  • Pick apples and pears before the wind blows them down
  • Finish pruning blackberries and autumn-fruiting raspberries

 

Greenhouse

 

 

  • Bring aeoniums and other tender succulents under cover for winter
  • Empty begonia tubers from pots, clean off the compost and store somewhere dark and dry
  • Water plants more sparingly now conditions are getting cooler
  • Wash off all shade paint and remove blinds and shade netting
  • Sow sweet peas for early flowers next summer
  • Clear out old crops in pots and growing bags, adding them to the compost heap
  • Bring pots of late-flowering chrysanthemums under cover
  • Line the inside of your greenhouse with bubble polythene
  • Check heaters are working efficiently
  • Water potted azaleas with rainwater, keeping the compost constantly moist

 

Around the Garden

 

 

  • Use a fork or hollow-tined aerator to spike your lawn and improve drainage
  • Dig up and pot up tender perennials to bring indoors for winter protection
  • Raise the cutting height when mowing the lawn
  • Apply an autumn lawn food
  • Cover ponds with netting to stop leaves falling in
  • Remove pumps and filters from ponds and water features
  • Empty ceramic and glazed pots to store under cover for winter
  • Collect fallen leaves smothering alpines and other plants
  • Order roses, hedging and fruit trees for winter planting
  • Retrieve plant supports from flower beds, clean and store away

Take Care and see you next week

 

Andrew



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