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Composting time

26 – 1 November 2015


Flower garden job checklist


It’s time to…

Plant tulip bulbs in groups to make drifts of spring colour

After first frosts, lift and store dahlia tubers or leave in the ground but mulch heavily

Plant evergreen shrubs and conifers, including new hedges

Lift tender cannas to avoid frost damage, and overwinter tubers in cool dark conditions

Plant out spring bedding

Sow hardy annuals in cleared areas for early flowers next summer

Sow sweet peas in pots, and overwinter under cover

Prune back standard roses to help prevent wind rock damaging the plants

Take hardwood cuttings from cornus, ribes, salix and roses

Plant up tubs and baskets with evergreens for autumn and winter interest

Fruit and veg job checklist


It’s time to…

Pick ripe apples and pears

Finish harvesting marrows, squashes, onions and potatoes

Sow broad beans and hardy peas

Plant out garlic cloves

Earth up leeks to cover and blanch their stems

Cut away fruited blackberry canes at soil level and tie in new ones

Plant new fruit trees and bushes

Tidy strawberry beds, cutting back old foliage and congested runners and removing weeds

Pot up a few roots of mint and bring under cover for winter pickings

Improve soil, digging over bare ground and forking in bulky, well-rotted manure

Greenhouse job checklist


It’s time to…

Wash greenhouse glazing to let in maximum light

Bring potted cordylines under cover for winter

Insulate your greenhouse with bubble polythene

Maintain plant hygiene, picking off faded blooms and dead leaves from all plants

Water plants more sparingly now conditions are turning cooler

Check heaters are working properly

Use an electric propagator to encourage rooting on late cuttings

Plant hyacinths and daffodils for indoor displays

Keep good air circulation around potted chrysanthemums to avoid mildew

Lift chicory roots, cut the tops off and pot them up, then place in the dark to blanch

Around the garden job checklist


It’s time to…

Collect and compost autumn leaves

Cut back suckers growing around the base of trees

Visit garden centres to choose bulbs and bedding for spring displays

Mow lawns less frequently now grass growth is slowing down

Complete new lawn laying projects during autumn

Improve soil in borders in preparation for autumn planting, digging it over and adding compost

Remove and clean pumps from ponds

Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and fruit bushes

Spike lawns and brush sharp sand or grit into the holes to improve drainage

Get hold of stable or farmyard manure to dig into your soil over winter

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