Although we have some warm days during October, there’s still gardening to do. Autumn is definitely here with the early leaf fall to the natural sinensis, or die back of plants all taking place.
Take time to keep on top of the leaf fall ensuring that the borders and lawns don’t get too choked with leaves. Its a great opportunity to create good leaf mould that you can use next year. In order to do this, just place the damp leaves into a plastic bin liner and seal. This time next year you will have a great soil conditioner.
Other jobs to do are:
1. Cut back perennials as they die down.
2. Lift and split herbaceous perennials to re-plant and use to fill any gaps in your borders.
3. Give the greenhouse a good clean and line with bubble wrap to aid the insulation
4. Place tender plants such as olives, lemons and fuschia to over winter in the greenhouse
5. Pick the last of the sloes, blackberries and apples from your garden and hedgerows.
Our recommended plant of the month is Schizostylis Ruby Red. A great perennial to place into your border to extend the flowering season.
Once finished flowering cut out dead stems lift and divide to keep in check.
Cover Photo from Adrian van Leen on the Open Photo site