Jobs for the weekend

Jobs for October

Garden Jobs For October

  • Get out the rake and start raking up those fallen leaves – keep them for compost. (Once the leaves have fully rotted down you will have a rich brown/black organic seed or potting compost!
  • Clip evergreen hedges – they will stay neat until next Spring
  • Water any woody plants in pots as now is the time that they create flower buds for next spring
  • Check if tree ties have become too tight on older trees and replace if necessary
  • Remove or shorten the roots of climbing and rambling roses that have finished flowering. Tie in new shoots as replacements
  • Evergreen trees (Conifers and Broad leaved kinds available at Beechdale)  can be planted now.
  • Plant prepared hyacinth bulbs (available at Beechdale) now so they come into flower for Christmas
  • Plant spring cabbage plants
  • Use early apple varieties directly from the tree as soon as they are edible.
  • Control any bursts of weeds
  • Removed excess pond plant growth to allow wildlife to re-enter the pond
  • Apply autumn lawn fertiliser now to boost and harden grass growth before winter
  • Pick chilli peppers in the greenhouse that have turned red and dry them on kitchen towel
  • Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, kale, leeks and parsnips are hardy vegetables and will stand through the winter.
  • Leafy crops such as chard, parsley and rocket should also over-winter with a little protection.
  • Maincrop carrot varieties are ready in around 16 weeks so if you plant them now you should have them for mid November.
  • You can store root vegetables such as carrots, celeriac, swedes and beetroot in a box of  moist sand and stoire in a dark place such as a shed or cellar.

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Monty fills his unheated greenhouse with salad leaves (brought as plugs from the internet) to grow over winter. He likes strong flavoured mustard, mizuna and endive but also plants hardy lettuce and spinach which have softer flavours and help to bulk a salad out.

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