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The Garden in October

01 October 2017 by Pennells Garden Centre
The Garden in October

The Garden in October

October can be blessed with some pleasant days mixed with wet and windy weather. It’s a time to assess what’s done well in the garden and what hasn’t, and to plan what you want to change for next year. With the soil still warm and moist from the summer it’s a great time to be planting new perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as starting to move those plants that have outgrown their current positions.

Its time too to tidy through the garden, pruning back the stems of flowering perennial plants such as golden rod, coreopsis, helenium, coneflower (Rudbeckia), tradescantia and penstemon. They have finished flowering for the season and it is sensible to tidy up the growth to minimise fungus diseases that can be found on the foliage and instead use the material to add to the compost heap. Cut back stems leaving 5cm (2in) above ground level so you know where the plant is situated and you can avoid digging it up when planting bulbs and corms for next spring’s display.

Planting of bulbs and corms for next year’s flowers should be continued apace as daffodils and crocus need to be in the ground as early as possible this month. If you fancy something different from the standard all-yellow varieties of daffodils such as King Alfred and St Kiverne, why not go for Reggae a variety with white petals and pink trumpets. Look out too for a ‘semi double’ variety called Starcross, the centre has an orange is splashed all around white petals.

Other jobs to do this month are:
• Lift rhubarb and divide as necessary.
• Protect late crops of salad, carrots and courgettes with fleece.
• Sow herb seeds such as parsley, dill and coriander in pots to harvest from the windowsill during the winter.
• Plant new perennials and climbers.
• Force Bulbs for Christmas.
• Plant up some new autumn interest planters for the patio.
• When the first frosts have blackened the foliage of your dahlias trim them back to the base of the main stems and carefully dig up the tubers.
• Keep houseplants drier to slow down growth during the winter.
• Rake up fallen leaves and keep for compost or leaf mould.
• Take hardwood cuttings.
• Take semi-ripe cuttings from shrubs and roses.

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