Published: 1st October 2019
In the garden… October.
Keep the garden looking it’s best with these ten top tops for October.
- Wallflowers, winter pansies, forget-me-nots, primulas and other hardy spring-flowering bedding plants should now be planted into well-prepared ground or patio pots and containers.
- Early autumn is the ideal time to scarify, aerate and top-dress lawns with an autumn lawn food.
- Harvest apples and pears as they ripen, store undamaged fruits in a cool, dark but well ventilated position. Check regularly for any signs of rot or vermin damage.
- Continue planting spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and alliums. These can all be planted in beds and borders, as well as pots and containers.
- Sow over-wintering broad beans, either in situ or, in pots to over-winter in a cold frame.
- Bring all tender plants into a heated greenhouse or conservatory before the first of the winter frosts. Spray plants with a combined insecticide and fungicide to prevent any pests and diseases from over-wintering.
- Turf or re-seed any bare patches in lawns – sow a quick-germinating grass seed.
- Perpetual fruiting strawberries can be planted outside now for fruits early next summer, or in pots or troughs in the greenhouse for an even earlier crop.
- Lift dahlia tubers after the first frost has blackened their foliage. Once lifted, remove any soil and turn them upside down in a dry, but frost-free position for a week, then lightly dust them with yellow sulphur and bury them in pots or boxes in dry sand or compost.
- Store potatoes in hessian or paper sacks; keep them in a dark, cool but frost-free place.
Make sure to visit our blogs later this month when we’ll be back with more jobs to get the best during these autumn season.