Civilisation has operated in two ways - To make one part of society more affluent and the other more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state
There are Natural Rights and Civil Rights. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Where Our Power to Execute Our Natural Rights is Perfect, Government has No Legitimate Jurisdiction
When the Forces for War are Greater than the Forces for Peace   Then the World is in Danger
Politics is not a Dirty Word. It is a Way of Life. How is Your Way of Life Today ?

An Indian Autumn !

2 – 8 November 2015


Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Cut late-summer-flowering clematis right down to soil level

Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering

Plant bare-rooted roses

Dig up and compost exhausted summer bedding

Plant out wallflowers, interspersing with taller-growing tulips

Pile a thick mulch of compost or bark around hardy fuchsias to protect them from frost

Move shrubs, including conifers and evergreens, that have outgrown their position

Pot up tender perennials from summer displays to bring under cover for winter protection

Pick leaves affected by rose blackspot and collect any lying on the ground nearby

Cut down perennials whose seedheads aren’t worth keeping, digging in compost around them

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…

Wrap grease bands around fruit trees to catch female winter moths climbing up from the soil

Plant out garlic or start growing cloves in pots to plant out later

Clear away old crops and dig over the ground

Sow hardy peas under fleece for an early crop next year

Harvest mature marrows, pumpkins and squashes

Save fully ripe seeds from your favourite peas, beans and tomatoes to sow next year

Pick apples and pears as they ripen

Sow a green manure crop of winter rye on bare areas of soil

Order fruit trees, bushes and cane fruits for winter planting

Sow broad beans outside under cloches, or raise in pots to plant out later

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

Insulate your greenhouse by lining the inside with bubble polythene

Bring tender plants under cover

Sow sweet peas in deep pots and overwinter in the greenhouse or a cold frame

Check greenhouse heaters are working efficiently

Spread out harvested onions on staging to dry thoroughly before storing

Monitor day and night temperatures with a max-min thermometer and turn on heating if needed

Water plants sparingly and avoid splashing the water around

Move Christmas cacti to where they get short days and long nights, with no artificial light, to promote flowering

Clean staging and wash capillary matting to use next summer

Bring potted peaches and nectarines under cover

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Add old crops and bedding to the compost heap

Spike lawns then brush grit into the holes to improve surface drainage

Collect seeds from beans and sweet peas to sow next year

Firm soil around newly planted trees and shrubs if they’ve been loosened by wind

Check bulbs and tubers in storage for signs of rot

Rake up leaves to compost into leaf-mould

Sow a green manure crop of field beans on bare soil

Build a log pile for beneficial insects and animals to use for hibernation

Send off for new seed and bulb catalogues

Check bonfires carefully before lighting to make sure there are no sleeping hedgehogs underneath

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