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Gardening Jobs for October


Autumn is here, the leaves are turning and the ground getting wetter under foot by the day. October sometimes feels like we are on borrowed time before the winter really kicks in. But the autumnal light can be beautiful so catch these days and make the most of them.

Sow/plant:

Sweet peas under cover

Broad beans

Bulbs for spring but wait until November

for tulips

Harvest/Pick:

Apples and store

Last of the autumn raspberries and

blackberries

Save seeds for next year

Dahlias and sunflowers

Kale, squash, last of the courgettes,

tomatoes, cucumbers, salad

Secature/lopper jobs:

Deadheading

Divide and replant perennials

Prune buddlias by half their height

Remove beans and supports but

leave the roots in to add nitrogen to the

soil

Remove yellow brussel sprout leaves

Cut down fruited blackberry and

blackberry canes and tie in new growth

Cut down dahlias once flowering over to

lift or leave and mulch

Cut back tall asparagus foliage once

yellow

Lawns and ponds:

Aerate and feed with an autumn feed

Raise the cutting height

Keep clearing leaves out of ponds

Start collecting up the leaves for making leafmould!

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