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Advice & Tips

To Do This Month

October, with the clocks going back, & the days drawing in, October is the month to divide perennials & plant spring flowering bulbs. With shorter days there is still time to be in the garden, with often some glorious days

• Time to divide perennials for FREE plants
• Plant Spring flowering bulbs
• Re-plant containers with winter bedding
• Tidy borders & mulch with bark chips leaf mould or well-rotted manure
• Keep harvesting root veg, such as beetroot & carrots
• Clean out your greenhouse, including any staging
• Wrap insulation around taps & pipes to prevent freezing
• Rake leaves & any fallen fruit from the lawn
• Put the raked leaves into black plastic sacks & make your own leaf mould, or put on the compost
• Prune autumn-fruiting raspberries & blackberries after harvesting
• Harvest ripening tomatoes & courgettes
• Cut down annuals add to the compost heap
• Harvest apples, pears & nuts
• Once your hanging basket is finished, fill with new compost & re-plant
• Replant baskets with spring flowering bedding plants
•Replant baskets & tubs with spring flowering bulbs
• Add ivies & winter heathers to hanging baskets & tubs
• Plant wallflowers, bellis, winter pansies & primulas for colour in spring
• Harvest apples, pears, grapes & nuts -store in a cool shed over winter
• Remove any diseased fruits from the tree or the ground
• Give lawn one last mow before winter
• Check on stored potatoes & remove any diseased tubers
• Store potatoes in hessian sacks to allow air to circulate