Whatever the weather or time of year there is always something to be done in the garden.
Each month we ask our managers to give us their advice on what we should be looking at at this time of year.
The Kitchen Garden
Planting of onion sets can take place now, along with hardy varieties of garlic. You will also find hardy lettuce, winter spinach and turnips. Keep tomatoes going with regular watering to avoid splitting. Marrows and runner beans should still be producing crops.
The Water Garden
Young herons will have fledged and have to look for their own food now. They are active especially early in the morning and during twilight. Therefore make sure your pond fish are protected. Remove dead foliage from the pond, the leaves of plants will turn yellow and brown as they age. When this happens, it is best to cut them off. This reduces debris buildup in the pond, provides more room for new growth, and improves the appearance of the pond. Continue to use a bacteria product to help supplement the good bacteria in the pond for a continuous healthy pond such as NT Labs Pond Mature.
Asters, Rudbeckia, Dahlias and Japanese Anemones are all in flower and will still be available to plant. This is an ideal time to lift and divide early flowering herbaceous such as Achillea. The autumn crocus or Colchicums are in flower to brighten up a shady corner. Plant containers with Pansies, under planted with spring bulbs to brighten up the dark days to come. Spring flowering bulbs can now be planted now so that they can start putting down roots straight away. Tie up any tall plants to protect them from autumn gales. Winter flowering heathers are looking good now and look fantastic planted alongside dwarf conifers and Rhododendrons.
Purchase autumn feeds to benefit the lawn next spring. Sow new lawns or reseed bare patches. If the lawn is looking tired, rake out all the old grass and moss thatch and then spike the ground before brushing in a good quality loam based turf dressing.