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Harvest Time Again

5 – 11 October 2015

Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Lift dahlia tubers or protect those left in the ground with a thick mulch of straw or bark

Sow sweet peas now for bigger, earlier blooms next year

Collect seeds and berries from shrubs and flowering plants that you want to propagate

Empty and clean out delicate glazed or ceramic pots and move them into a shed for winter

Remove suckers growing around the base of trees

Prepare areas to plant new roses

Buy primroses and primulas for seasonal colour

Lift and divide congested clumps of perennials

Move shrubs that have outgrown their position or are in the wrong place

Pile bark mulch over the crowns of hardy fuchsias to provide winter protection

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…

Lift and store carrots

Pot up chives and other herbs to bring under cover for winter use

Sow green manure crops over bare areas of soil

Sow broad beans for early pickings next May or June

Prune out fruited blackberry canes and tie in new shoots to replace them

Cover productive areas of herbs and salads with cloches for protection

Sow hardy peas under cloches

Wrap grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees to protect them from winter moths

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

Clear fallen leaves from greenhouse gutters

Bring tender plants under cover before frosts strike

Wash off any remaining summer shading paint and clean glass inside and out

Insulate the greenhouse with bubble polythene

Open vents on warm days but close them tightly each evening

Bring dormant cyclamen in pots back into growth by watering

Clear out old crops and growing bags, adding material to the compost heap

Stop watering pots of begonia, gloxinia, achimene, gloriosa, eucomis and other summer bulbs

Pick and lay out green tomatoes from outdoor crops to ripen under cover

Sow pots of hardy winter lettuces

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Treat field horsetail with a systemic herbicide such as glyphosate

Install water butts to collect rainwater over winter

Scarify, aerate and feed your lawn

Gather up hoses, sprinklers and watering equipment to store away for winter

Wrap insulation material around outdoor taps

Order hedging plants, roses, trees and shrubs, and prepare the soil for planting

Spike compacted lawns and brush grit into the holes to improve drainage

Remove pumps and filters from ponds and bubble fountains

Dig over vacant soil and spread a thick layer of compost over the surface

Paint timber decking with preservative

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