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Spring into Autumn ?

7 – 13 September 2015

 

Job of the week

 

Plant hyacinths in a pot

 

The sweet smell of hyacinths is one that lifts the spirit as a sure sign that winter has finally come to an end. Hyacinth bulbs are widely available in a broad spectrum of colours. Whatever their shade, they look spectacular planted on their own in a rustic terracotta pot. It’s a quick and easy job with stunning rewards in spring

 

Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…

 

Take cuttings from pansies and violas

Pot up tender perennials grown outside and bring under cover when cold nights are forecast

Prune rambling roses after flowering

Grow bulbs in aquatic baskets ready to drop into gaps in the border in spring

Rake autumn leaves from lawns and pick them out of borders

Plant new climbers and shrubs into soil that’s well dug over and enriched with compost

Spray Michaelmas daisies with fungicide to prevent mildew

Cut down annuals when they’ve faded, adding them to the compost heap

Plant crocus, fritillaries and other dwarf bulbs to naturalise in lawns and under trees

Plant out spring bedding, including wallflowers, forget-me-nots and pansies

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…

 

Finish summer pruning trained forms of apple and pear trees

Harvest apples, pears, plums and gages as they ripen

Save seeds from good varieties of beans, herbs and tomatoes that you’ve enjoyed this year

Pot up herbs to use in winter

Prune out fruited blackberry stems and tie in new shoots to supports

Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes

Harvest haricot beans

Sow broad beans and hardy peas

Plant out garlic in mild areas, or start cloves in pots to transplant later

Vegetables to sow now include spring cabbages, Japanese onions, turnips for green tops, winter lettuces, spinach, endive, corn salad, land cress and baby salad leaves

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

 

Line greenhouses with bubble polythene for insulation against falling night temperatures

Clean staging and capillary matting to use next year

Bring pots of tender agapanthus and eucomis under cover

Check all plants for signs of pests and treat immediately

Sow sweet peas in pots for early flowers next summer

Take cuttings of succulents such as sedums

Move potted peaches and nectarines under cover

Bring pots of late-flowering chrysanthemums into the greenhouse

Stop watering pots of achimenes, gloxinia and tuberous begonias to let them die down

Plant dwarf bulbs in pots including iris, crocus, chionodoxa and scilla

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…

 

Bulk up the compost heap with spent flowerheads and stems from around the garden

Improve drainage on compacted lawns by spiking the ground with a fork or aerator

Cut everlasting flowers and ornamental grasses for drying

Put netting across ponds to stop autumn leaves falling into them and rotting down

Order new turf to lay during damper autumn weather

Choose your bare-root roses and bare-root shrubs for winter planting

Collect, wash and store away canes and plant supports

Check tree ties and plant supports are firmly in place

Trim hedges to keep them neat and to control their size

Blitz leatherjackets (cranefly larvae), found now on lawns, with a suitable insecticide or biological control

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