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What to do in the Garden this week

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

 

·  Plant out garlic or start growing cloves in pots to plant out later

·  Clear away old crops and dig over the ground

·  Sow hardy peas under fleece for an early crop next year

·  Harvest mature marrows, pumpkins and squashes

·  Save fully ripe seeds from your favourite peas, beans and tomatoes to sow next year

·  Pick apples and pears as they ripen

·  Sow a green manure crop of winter rye on bare areas of soil

·  Order fruit trees, bushes and cane fruits for winter planting

·  Sow broad beans outside under cloches, or raise in pots to plant out later

 

 

 

The Flower Garden

 

 

·  Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering

·  Plant bare-rooted roses

·  Dig up and compost exhausted summer bedding

·  Plant out wallflowers, interspersing with taller-growing tulips

·  Pile a thick mulch of compost or bark around hardy fuchsias to protect them from frost

·  Move shrubs, including conifers and evergreens, that have outgrown their position

·  Pot up tender perennials from summer displays to bring under cover for winter protection

·  Pick leaves affected by rose blackspot and collect any lying on the ground nearby

·  Cut down perennials whose seedheads aren't worth keeping, digging in compost around them

 

 

The Greenhouse

 

 

 

·  Bring tender plants under cover

·  Sow sweet peas in deep pots and overwinter in the greenhouse or a cold frame

·  Check greenhouse heaters are working efficiently

·  Spread out harvested onions on staging to dry thoroughly before storing

·  Monitor day and night temperatures with a max-min thermometer and turn on heating if needed

·  Water plants sparingly and avoid splashing the water around

·  Move Christmas cacti to where they get short days and long nights, with no artificial light, to promote flowering

·  Clean staging and wash capillary matting to use next summer

·  Bring potted peaches and nectarines under cover

 

 

Around The Garden

 

 

Add old crops and bedding to the compost heap

·  Spike lawns then brush grit into the holes to improve surface drainage

·  Collect seeds from beans and sweet peas to sow next year

·  Firm soil around newly planted trees and shrubs if they've been loosened by wind

·  Check bulbs and tubers in storage for signs of rot

·  Rake up leaves to compost into leaf-mould

·  Sow a green manure crop of field beans on bare soil

·  Build a log pile for beneficial insects and animals to use for hibernation

·  Send off for new seed and bulb catalogues

·  Check bonfires carefully before lighting to make sure there are no sleeping hedgehogs underneath

 

 

 

 



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