‘If I were a bird I would fly around the world seeking successive autumns’ said George Eliot, and while it may be difficult to wholeheartedly echo the sentiments of the great author as we wave goodbye despairingly to the ever dwindling remnants of the British summer, it’s certainly time for a gardener to appreciate unabashed beauty of the natural world. The wonderful colours, the changing patterns of wildlife and of course the impending fun of Halloween and Bonfire are just round the corner.
However one should not get totally carried away by the season and suddenly find oneself emerging from a three month reverie in mid-December having spent the Autumn staring at the changing shades of the trees; it’s vital that one stays vigilant in the garden, in terms of tidying, planting and creating the right conditions for your garden to burst into life again in the spring.
What we’re doing in the garden this weekend:
1) It’s vital to stay on the case when it comes it raking. If you let leaves build up, it’s possible that they could suffocate beds or kill plants with leaf mould. Our stylish wooden rake can get the job done without any fuss and looks great. Don’t forget a good Bonfire Fork for next month too.
2) Raise your pots onto pot feet to avoid waterlogging, but don’t forget to keep an eye on them as the rain might not be hitting exactly the right spots.
3) It’s important to remember not just to tidy up the lawn and edges, but also the beds. Believe it or not weeds can become a problem at this time of year and it’s also a good time to do some wholesale tidying up the plants themselves, cut them back, do the deadheading, make sure they’re still looking good and have the space to grow into next year. A good sturdy pair of gloves are essential.
4) Get a load of early vegetables in over the next few weeks, it’s a more productive time for the veg patch than many imagine – broad beans, garlic, spring onions, spinach and spring cabbage. And for the more adventurous, planting asparagus now brings its delicious fruits closer to the table. A trug is great for this task.
5) Make sure you’re not neglecting the wildlife. It’s the time to clear out the bird boxed and feeders and put a bit of dog food (not milk, they’re lactose intolerant) out for the hedgehogs.