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What to do in the Garden - 2nd Week of October




  • Lift dahlia tubers or protect those left in the ground with a thick mulch of straw or bark
  • Sow sweet peas now for bigger, earlier blooms next year
  • Collect seeds and berries from shrubs and flowering plants that you want to propagate
  • Empty and clean out delicate glazed or ceramic pots and move them into a shed for winter
  • Remove suckers growing around the base of trees
  • Prepare areas to plant new roses
  • Buy primroses and primulas for seasonal colour
  • Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials
  • Move shrubs that have outgrown their position or are in the wrong place
  • Pile bark mulch over the crowns of hardy fuchsias to provide winter protection


Fruit and Veg



  • Lift and store carrots
  • Pot up chives and other herbs to bring under cover for winter use
  • Sow green manure crops over bare areas of soil
  • Sow broad beans for early pickings next May or June
  • Prune out fruited blackberry canes and tie in new shoots to replace them
  • Cover productive areas of herbs and salads with cloches for protection
  • Sow hardy peas under cloches
  • Wrap grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees to protect them from winter moths



  • Clear fallen leaves from greenhouse gutters
  • Bring tender plants under cover before frosts strike
  • Wash off any remaining summer shading paint and clean glass inside and out
  • Insulate the greenhouse with bubble polythene
  • Open vents on warm days but close them tightly each evening
  • Bring dormant cyclamen in pots back into growth by watering
  • Clear out old crops and growing bags, adding material to the compost heap
  • Stop watering pots of begonia, gloxinia, achimene, gloriosa, eucomis and other summer bulbs
  • Pick and lay out green tomatoes from outdoor crops to ripen under cover
  • Sow pots of hardy winter lettuces

Around the Garden



  • Treat field horsetail with a systemic herbicide such as glyphosate
  • Install water butts to collect rainwater over winter
  • Scarify, aerate and feed your lawn
  • Gather up hoses, sprinklers and watering equipment to store away for winter
  • Wrap insulation material around outdoor taps
  • Order hedging plants, roses, trees and shrubs, and prepare the soil for planting
  • Spike compacted lawns and brush grit into the holes to improve drainage
  • Remove pumps and filters from ponds and bubble fountains
  • Dig over vacant soil and spread a thick layer of compost over the surface
  • Paint timber decking with preservative

  Happy Gardening



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