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Gardening Jobs for October


Autumn is here


Autumn is here, the leaves are turning and the days are getting noticeably shorter. October sometimes feels like we are on borrowed time before the winter really kicks in. But in between the showers the autumnal light can be beautiful so let’s catch these mild sunny days and make the most of them whilst we still can. So what are we waiting for here are some ideas of what you could be doing in the garden this month:


Sow/plant:

Sweet peas under cover

Broad beans

Garlic and onion sets direct

Bulbs for spring, but wait until November

for tulips


Harvest/Pick:

Apples and store in a cool frost free place

Last of the autumn raspberries and

blackberries

Save seeds for next year

Last of the dahlias and cosmos

Kale, squash, last of the courgettes,

tomatoes, salad


Secature/lopper jobs:

Deadheading

Divide and replant perennials

Prune buddlias by half their height

Remove beans and their supports but leave

the roots in to add nitrogen to the soil

Make sure brussel sprout plants are firmed

in and remove any yellow leaves

Cut down fruited blackberry and blackberry

canes and tie in new growth

Cut down dahlias once the flowering is over to lift and store or leave in the ground and mulch

Cut back tall asparagus foliage once yellow


Lawns and ponds:

Aerate and feed the lawn with an autumn feed

Raise the mower cutting height

Keep clearing leaves out of ponds






My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.

– Claude Monet