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October

General Maintenance

  • Clean down garden furniture and store it for the winter or buy a furniture cover if it is to stay outside.
  • Clean the glass in your greenhouse and line it with bubble wrap to provide insulation through the winter. Check that your greenhouse heater is working.
  • Stretch netting over water features to keep out falling leaves.
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Patio and Container Gardening

  • Clean down your patio and store any empty pots in a frost free area for the winter.
  • Pot on any shrubs and trees that have outgrown their containers. Gently tease out some of the roots and use fresh compost with a long term fertilizer such as Osmocote.
  • Continue to plant up bulbs in containers. Plant them in two or three layers to create pots full of colour next spring!
  • Plant up winter flowering Pansies and Violas for spots of colour near the house.
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Bulbs and Perennials

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs into borders. Remember to plant at three times the depth of the bulb to prevent them from going ‘blind’ (not flowering) in subsequent years. Place chicken wire over them if squirrels are a problem in your area but remove it in late winter before the bulbs start to shoot.
  • Dig up half hardy perennials from your garden and put them into large pots. Cut them down by half and keep them in a frost free green house over winter.
  • Plant out Wallflowers, Sweet William, Forget Me Nots and Polyanthus which will flower next spring, applying a base dressing of bone meal or fish, blood and bone before planting.
  • Lift Gladioli corms as the leaves start to die back and store them in a dry place for the winter.
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Trees and Shrubs

  • Continue to move shrubs and conifers that are in the wrong place in your garden. Dig up as large a root ball as possible and keep evergreens well watered through any dry weather.
  • Rake leaves from borders as they fall and add them to your compost heaps.
  • Finish pruning and training rambling Roses by cutting out some of the old wood that has flowered and tying in young shoots.
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Sowing and Planting

  • Pot up tender cuttings that were taken in the summer into individual pots and overwinter in a green house or sun room.
  • Take hard wood cuttings of shrubs, climbers and fruit bushes to increase stocks.
  • Plant new trees, shrubs, conifers and hedging plants while the soil is still warm.
  • Save seeds of summer flowering annuals before clearing away the remains to the compost heap.
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Lawns

  • Rake leaves from the lawn regularly as the grass will turn yellow and may die if they are left lying.
  • Aerate the lawn to improve drainage and brush sharp sand into the holes.
  • Keep off the lawn when it is very wet or the grass is frozen.
  • Re cut or repair lawn edges that have been broken.
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The Vegetable Garden

  • Plant out autumn onion sets in to firm beds of soil. Garlic can be planted towards the end of the month.
  • Pick the last of the Tomatoes from the green house and ripen them indoors if frost threatens. Green tomatoes can still be used in the kitchen to make chutney.
  • Harvest main crop potatoes and store those that are not damaged in a cool, dark place. Gently brush off excess soil but do not wash them and they will keep for longer.
  • Complete winter digging on heavy soils by the end of this month.
  • Plant out spring cabbages.
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Wildlife

  • Leave seed heads on some of your perennials as food for birds and small mammals.
  • Create a log pile for overwintering newts and toads to overwinter in amongst an area of long grass. The grass will also attract birds that like to hunt for worms and leather jackets in the soil.
  • Plant some late flowering perennials for pollinating insects that will still be on the wing.
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Garden Planning

  • Visit arboretums and gardens to look at the autumn colour which will be at its peak through the next six weeks. Plan to add some autumn colour to your own garden!
  • Research berried trees and shrubs and add some to your own garden to help wildlife through the winter.
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