Autumn Tasks in the Garden

In autumn…

… the time for tidying up and protecting

• Replace faded summer flowers with autumn planting. At the same time plant shrubs and hardy perennials.

• Give fertilizer to Mediterranean container plants, perennial herbs and shrubs before winter dormancy or the shoots will not ripen.

• Move tender and half-hardy perennials into their winter quarters before the first frosts.

• At the same time protect hardy perennials and shrubs in containers from hard frosts.

• Cover the blooms of autumn-flowering perennials to protect them from night-frosts, for example with fleece.

• Now is the time to plant bulbs for next spring in pots, bowls or containers. They must spend the winter in a protected place, either covered with brushwood or buried under a layer of soil.

• Protect fruit plants from birds with netting.

• If the depth of water in your pond is less than 80 cm (32 in), over-winter any tender water plants such as waterlilies in a vessel filled with water and keep it in a cool, dark and frost-free place.

• This is the best time to plant clematis.

• In October or November dig up dahlia and canna tubers, clean them, wrap in newspaper and store in a cool, frost-free place for the winter.

• Take cuttings of scented pelargoniums and herbs such as rosemary, sage and lemon verbena well and root them in a tray of compost on the windowsill under foil.

24. March 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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