October in the Garden
October spells garden tidying time! There is lots to be done if the weather plays along!
Lift tubers such as dahlia and begonia, and corms like gladiolus for storage over winter. In some areas you may be able to leave them in the ground, but for most of the UK this is not the case. Keep them dry and frost free in a shed over winter.
Plant bulbs now for spring colour. There is a vast range in store. Choose from daffodils, tulips, alliums and many more. A bulb planter may make this task easier. From October on, plant pansies, violas and wallflowers for colour throughout the winter. Remember, if they are in pots though, they will still need watering from time to time.
Prune climbing roses once they finish flowering, to keep them manageable and to re-envigorate them for next season.
Continue to harvest the last of the summer vegetables. Pumpkins will be ready when the foliage dies down, just in time for halloween! Tomatoes, peppers and chillis may still be ripening in the greenhouse - cutting them and hanging them upside down in the warm will aid ripening. Onions and garlic can be planted now - garlic especially likes the cold.
Cut out old wood from raspberries and tie in new growth ready for next season. Slow down the progress of winter moths with grease bands around fruit trees - especially apples. Take netting off fruit cages, to avoid winter damage.
Clean and disinfect the greenhouse, removing any shading.
Phew! Once all that is done your garden should be neat and tidy - time to relax!!
Enjoy the garden.