News: Our Jobs for October/Early November
Think about your fruit and veg! - Now is a great time to start planning your fruit garden for a mouth-watering crop for many years to come. It is great fun and highly rewarding to eat the fruit of your own labour. Plan your fruit garden carefully and prepare the ground for the requirements of your trees and plants. We have a great selection and one of the largest ranges of soft fruit plants available.
In late October/early November large fruit trees need to be tied to a stake to prevent wind damage. Always tie the tree to the stake low down so the tree can move in the wind but the roots will be stable.
October is also the time to lift and harvest many root vegetables such as Carrots, Onions and late varieties of Potato. These can be stored for use over the winter.
Hedge planting - November is the ideal month for planting hedges. Loose rooted hedging plants are dormant now and safe to transplant. Hedging plants can be versatile and not only create a boundary but also security from unwanted intruders. Certain hedges can also be planted to help bird and garden wildlife such as Alder (Alnus), Berberis, Quickthorn (Crategus), Yew (Taxus), Pyracantha and Rosa Rugosa.
Keep a tidy autumn garden - As the leaves begin to fall one of the main jobs is to keep the garden tidy, dead leaves make great compost so throw them on the compost heap. Now is an ideal time to divide clump forming perennials, dig up the whole clump and carefully split into smaller sections for replanting around the garden or for sharing with friends and family.
Prepare for indoor bulbs - The coming months are the time to start preparing to plant your indoor bulbs. Or, if you haven’t already, buy your Amaryllis, indoor Narcissi or prepared Hyacinth now for a great winter display. Pot up specially treated, prepared Hyacinth bulbs now and they could flower as early as Christmas!
Lawn Care - As the leaves fall, rake them off your lawn and add them to the compost heap. Leaving leaves on your lawn can damage your grass as they block light and air. Leaving these to decompose will make a useful mulch to help your garden along. Between this month and the next, it will be your last chance to mow your lawn before winter so make sure when you put away your machine that it’s drained, dry and clean for storage. It would also be a good idea to apply a low nitrogen autumn lawn feed.
Loose rooted plants - October is an ideal time for moving and planting trees, shrubs, climbers and hedging plants after they have defoliated. This is why many of the plants we sell through the autumn are not lifted at our nurseries until they are dormant and it is safe to send them to you. We only receive some of these plants in mid to late October and it is then our job to deliver these healthy dormant plants to you as soon as possible.
Border Frost Protection - November is a perfectl time for mulching of hardy perennial plants that may be affected by heavy frosts, for example Fuchsias and Agapanthus. A protective covering with organic material such as peat or straw will help prevent moisture loss and will stop the roots freezing.
Lift tender plants - With the on autumn, the odd frost may not be too far away so it is important to lift frost tender bulbs and tubers over the next few weeks. Dahlias, Begonia Tubers, Eucomis, Zantedeschia, Nerine, Gladioli and Cannas are all susceptible to frost.
Lift the bulbs and tubers and keep over winter in a dry, frost free environment. This is a great way of maximising your investment as all these varieties can be planted again next spring for another fantastic summer display!