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What to Do in the Garden this Week

The Flower Garden

 

·         Collect seed from allium seedheads and sow straight away into seed compost

·         Plant evergreen shrubs and conifer hedges

·         Carefully dig up gladioli corms and overwinter in cool, dry storage conditions

·         Lift and pot up tender perennials to protect over winter

·         Collect fallen leaves from under rose bushes so they don't carry diseases over to next year

·         Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials

·         Plant crocuses and dwarf bulbs in areas of rough grass

·         Make sure tall, late-flowering chrysanthemums are well staked

·         Divide large clumps of crocosmia and replant into freshly prepared soil

·         Spread a thick mulch of compost or bark over the soil around dahlias and agapanthus

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

 

·         Keep harvesting root veg such as beetroot and carrots

·         Order fruit trees and bushes for planting from late autumn

·         Finish picking beans, but leave a few pods to ripen fully to save their seed

·         Clear away plants and fading foliage from old crops

·         Prune back canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries and blackberries after harvesting

·         Harvest ripening tomatoes and courgettes before conditions turn cold

·         Plant out Japanese onion sets and garlic

·         Plant broad beans and hardy peas

 

Greenhouse

 

·         Sow sweet peas and pinch out the growing tips of seedlings for bushier plants

·         Continue harvesting chillies, peppers and other crops

·         Reduce watering potted tuberous begonias to allow the top growth to die down

·         Bring pots of tender bulbs like agapanthus and eucomis into the greenhouse for the winter

·         Let achimene, gloxinia and gloriosa die down in their pots

·         Keep potted azaleas constantly moist using rainwater

·         Plant bowls with hyacinths and spring bulbs

·         Check greenhouse heaters are in working order and that you have fuel in stock

·         Pot up roots of lily-of-the-valley to provide fragrant winter flowers

·         Sow hardy annuals, like calendulas, in pots for early flowers

General Work

 

·         Clean out bird boxes

·         Level out dips in lawns with loam-based compost and sow fresh grass seed

·         Clear away debris that could be sheltering slugs and snails

·         Check bonfires before lighting, in case they are sheltering sleeping hedgehogs

·         Send off for seed catalogues

·         Mow lawns during dry weather with blades set high

·         Bring garden hoses and sprinklers under cover for winter to avoid damage in freezing weather

·         Collect canes and plant supports, and store them in the shed

·         Sow a green manure crop over bare areas of ground, to dig into the ground as fertiliser in spring

·         Throw a net over branches of holly berries to protect them from hungry birds

 

 

Andrew

 



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