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
Plant winter brassicas such as sprouts along with winter salad vegetables, under protection if possible. As beds become empty, dig over and incorporate manure and Care compost. Prune woody stems from berries and tie in the canes. Prune trained peaches and nectarines once fruiting has finished and top dress with Vitax Q4 and compost or manure. Sow broad beans such as Aquadulce directly into the garden for tasty spring beans.
Plant spring bulbs for a colourful display next year. Protect plants like Dahlias, and when blackened by frost, lift the tubers and store in dry peat in a frost free location until spring. Sow hardy annuals and plant Wallflowers and Sweet Williams along with winter Pansies for continued colour.
This is the time to lay turf. Prepare the area well, incorporating a high phosphate feed, such as bonemeal to encourage rooting. Remove all stones and firm the ground before laying. As you lay the turf, stagger the joints to avoid gaps and work from planks so that you firm as you work. On existing lawns, apply a late autumn feed and reduce mowing height. Ensure leaves are cleared up as they fall. If moss is a problem, treat with lawn sand and rake out the dead moss. Clean and oil your tools so they won’t rust over the winter.
Top Tip – Mow your grass with the collection box and blade set high to collect up all the fallen leaves at the same time. Two jobs done in one go.
Remove yellow and fallen leaves and finished flowers. The warm moist atmosphere and short days are ideal for mould, any vegetable matter left will encourage this. Ensure heaters are maintained and fuelled whenever they are used, and fit out side taps with a tap protector to prevent freezing.