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Autumn Equinox has passed Time for Rest and Reflection

28th Sept – 4th Oct 2015


Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns

Plant up patio pots for autumn interest

Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them in a shed or garage

Prune rambling and climbing roses, and shorten long shoots on standard roses

Plant spring bedding, including wallflowers and forget-me-nots, among tulips

Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials

Net holly berries to protect them from hungry birds if you want them for Christmas arrangements

Plant lily bulbs, including fragrant Lilium regale, in groups among low shrubs to bloom next summer

Move shrubs that are growing in the wrong places

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…

Make a cross-cut in cabbage stems when harvesting to encourage a further crop

Sow broad beans for early crops next May and June

Put cloches over tender herbs like basil and coriander

Pot up mint, chives and parsley to keep on a bright window sill

Sow green manure crops such as field beans and grazing rye

Plant garlic and autumn onion sets

Cover endive to blanch the leaves

Dig up and pot up roots of chicory for winter forcing

Pick apples and pears before the wind blows them down

Finish pruning blackberries and autumn-fruiting raspberries

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

Bring aeoniums and other tender succulents under cover for winter

Empty begonia tubers from pots, clean off the compost and store somewhere dark and dry

Water plants more sparingly now conditions are getting cooler

Wash off all shade paint and remove blinds and shade netting

Sow sweet peas for early flowers next summer

Clear out old crops in pots and growing bags, adding them to the compost heap

Bring pots of late-flowering chrysanthemums under cover

Line the inside of your greenhouse with bubble polythene

Check heaters are working efficiently

Water potted azaleas with rainwater, keeping the compost constantly moist

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Use a fork or hollow-tined aerator to spike your lawn and improve drainage

Dig up and pot up tender perennials to bring indoors for winter protection

Raise the cutting height when mowing the lawn

Apply an autumn lawn food

Cover ponds with netting to stop leaves falling in

Remove pumps and filters from ponds and water features

Empty ceramic and glazed pots to store under cover for winter

Collect fallen leaves smothering alpines and other plants

Order roses, hedging and fruit trees for winter planting

Retrieve plant supports from flower beds, clean and store away

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