Tidy Up and Compost
October’s rise in leaf fall serves as a helpful reminder that it’s time to tidy up in the garden. Foliage, excess cuttings and dead (but not diseased) plant should be cleared away and added to the compost. Give your greenhouse a thorough clean, along with any pots and gardening tools. This will prevent plant diseases from harbouring over winter. Water butts will also benefit from a water clearing treatment to prevent unpleasant smells.
October is the prime time to sow overwintering crops with the hopes of being greeted with late spring and early summer harvests. Bulbs are a great choice for planting now, with options available for both vegetable and flower gardeners.
For vegetable gardens
Plant autumn garlic cloves and onions bulbs. Prepare the ground or containers with well-draining soil to prevent the plants from being waterlogged.
Once planted, apply a nutrient-rich fertiliser to give them a kick start. Envii Seaweed Xtra is an organic seaweed fertiliser that will improve plant root development and crop yield.
In flower gardens
Try planting a differing range of tulip, iris and daffodil bulbs for the ample display of colours come March and April. Originating from warmer environments, tulips and daffodils require a lot of daily sunlight so be sure to plant them in a sunny area. Again, like the garlic and onions, keep your flower bulbs well-drained to prevent rotting in wet soils.
Although the amount of sowing is limited this month, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Put your focus into sowing less but sowing better to set yourself up for success. This post-summer, ‘down season’ is the ideal time to reflect on the past season’s success and mistakes and think about how to improve for next time around.