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Autumn Equinox 23rd

21 – 27 September 2015


Flower garden job checklist


It’s time to…

Take cuttings of your favourite roses

Tidy borders by cutting down perennials past their best

Prune out old stems of rambling roses that carried flowers

Plant new conifer hedges and evergreen shrubs

Clear away faded bedding plants from borders and containers

Plant wallflowers, pansies, forget-me-nots and other spring bedding

Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials

Lift gladioli and store their corms after the flowers have faded

Sow hardy annuals outside for early flowers next summer

Buy spring-flowering bulbs and plan where you’re going to plant them


Fruit and veg job checklist


It’s time to…

Continue picking sweetcorn, beans and marrows

Prune out fruited blackberry stems and tie in new ones

Save seeds from favourite bean varieties to plant next spring

Harvest and store apples, wrapping them in newspaper for storage

Lift and store onions and maincrop potatoes

Sow turnips for spring greens in March and April

Clear crops once they’ve finished and fork over beds

Blanch endive by covering with a bucket or large plate to cut out light

Plant new strawberry beds

Cut down the ferny shoots of asparagus to soil level


Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

Check greenhouse heaters are working efficiently

Bring aeoniums and other tender plants under cover before they get frosted

Clear out exhausted crops and wash down glazing, staging and framework

Finish planting paperwhite narcissi and prepared hyacinths

Pick remaining outdoor green tomatoes and lay out on staging to ripen

Pay close attention to ventilation now, shutting vents on cool nights

Wash off greenhouse shading paint

Water dormant cyclamen houseplants to encourage them back into growth

Insulate your greenhouse with bubble polythene for winter insulation

Take final cuttings of tender plants as soon as possible


Around the garden job checklist


It’s time to…

Collect leaves as they fall and store in a wire bin or plastic bag to make leaf-mould

Leave out sunflower seed heads for the birds to feed on

Collect sprinklers, drip-feed systems and other watering kit to store in the shed over winter

Sprinkle grass seed mixed with compost on to lawns to thicken growth

Prune suckers away from around the base of ornamental trees

Protect large ceramic or glazed pots from frost damage by wrapping them in bubble polythene

Order bare-rooted roses for planting in autumn

Wrap insulation foam around outdoor taps and pipes

Cut back plants overhanging pavements or boundaries

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