The Gardener’s Calendar in October
Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
– Vita Sackville West
October brings the autumn equinox heralding the change of seasons. With the misty mornings and cooler nights it’s still a lovely time to be in the garden harvesting the efforts of the year from the vegetable plot, enjoying the autumn colours in the flower beds and planning and preparing for improvements and new ideas to try next year.
Now is a good time to mulch your beds. Improve the soil and protect the roots of plants from the ravages of the winter.
October’s gardening tasks:
- Stake any plants which might get damaged by gales
- Mulch your beds to protect plants with slightly delicate roots
- Clear borders and lawns of fallen leaves, dead leaves on finished spring perennials and fallen fruit
- Feed, spike and top dress ornamental lawns if they’re not too soggy
- Dead head late flowering plants such as Dahlias, Chrysanthemums etc
- Prepare winter tubs with violas, pansies, crocus
- Underplant with miniature daffodils and iris for lasting winter display
- Clean up garden furniture and stow away somewhere dry and ventilated
- Last chance to spray thick rooted weeds to prevent them growing back next spring
- Clear excess weed from ponds while it’s not too cold. Don’t disturb the fish once temperatures drop.
- Plant onion sets, spring cabbage, broad beans. They’ll overwinter and get away early next spring
- If it’s too cold or wet outside spend the time planning for the coming year’s gardening successes!