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The Season Turns

31 – 6 September 2015


Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…


Plant daffodil bulbs in pots and borders

Check roses for suckers and cut off any you find, just below ground

Trim conifer hedges to neaten their appearance and control height

Empty pots of faded early summer bedding, adding old plants to the http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/compost/“>compost heap

Buy tulip bulbs as soon as you find them but hold back from planting until late October-November

Dig up gladioli corms after flowering to store until next spring

Collect seeds, lay them out to dry, then store them in labelled envelopes

Prune rambling roses, cutting out old stems that carried flowers and training in new shoots

Take lavender cuttings by pulling off new shoots and inserting them in gritty compost

Cut back perennials past their best

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…


Keep picking summer-sown salads to prevent the plants running to seed

Plant garlic cloves outside or in modular seed trays ready to plant out later this autumn

Cover herbs like basil and parsley with cloches, or bring potted ones under cover

Harvest globe artichokes

Stake tall Brussels sprouts to stop them from blowing over

Dig up chicory roots, cut off their tops and re-pot for forcing, to grow on in a dark shed

Wrap grease bands around the trunks of apples, pears, cherries and plums to trap the crawling female winter moth

Cut off whole trusses of unripe fruits from outdoor tomatoes before they’re hit by frost and ripen in a sheltered spot

Plant out spring cabbages

Dig up onions and lay them out in an airy space to dry before storing

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…


Take root cuttings from Japanese anemones and oriental poppies

Pot up prepared hyacinths into bowls for indoor displays

Pot up rooted cuttings taken in summer and early autumn

Plant paper-white narcissi in pots

Remove shading paint and netting to let in plenty of light

Water dormant pots of cyclamen that were left to die down for the summer, and keep them in cool conditions

Plant freesia corms in pots

Check greenhouse heaters are in working order

Bring pots of tender perennials and summer bulbs into the greenhouse

Install a water butt under the gutter of your greenhouse to collect autumn rain fall

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…


Lay new turf and re-sow bare patches of lawn

Pot up colchicums into decorative containers for bringing into the house

Put up bug boxes to provide places for beneficial insects to hibernate

Cut attractive seed heads for indoor arrangements

Spread netting over ponds or water features to stop autumn leaves falling in

Buy spring bulbs for autumn planting

Order bare rooted roses, shrubs, fruit trees and hedging to plant over the coming months

Brush away fungi and mushrooms growing on lawns

Build a leaf bin out of posts and chicken wire to collect autumn leaves into

Rake moss and thatch from lawns

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