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October in the Garden

by User Not Found | Oct 01, 2013
October in the Garden - Top Ten Jobs

Although we have been lucky with the weather over September it is now time to turn our 
attention to preparing our gardens for the coming Autumn and Winter months - we've got 
10 Simple Jobs to keep you busy this month.

Top Ten Jobs for October

  1. Continue planting all spring bulbs.
  2. Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic.
  3. Rake fallen leaves to keep your garden looking tidy and you can add them to your compost heap. Why not have a read of Angela’s blog on starting your own compost heap.
  4. If you have a vegetable garden place a bird table or feeders near it so the birds can also eat
    any slugs and bugs that come near your crops. The birds will benefit from the 
    creepy
    crawlies and you won’t have to use any chemicals on your vegetables.
  5. Move tender plants into the greenhouse and try avoid the temptation to cut back any 
    of the ones you are planning to leave in the ground over winter.
  6. Collect any fallen leaves from under rose bushes to prevent them from carrying any 
    diseases over to next year.
  7. Tie in any climbers to prevent potential damage in the winter winds – remember to 
    check all your current tree ties and plant supports to make sure they are still secure.
  8. Remove any saucers you may have under pots to prevent frost damage.
  9. Cut back any perennials which have died down.
  10. Mow lawns and trim hedges for the last time this year – remember to empty your 
    tools of fuel before storing them away for the winter months.

Remember if you have any questions we’re always here to help – talk to one of in store 
horticulturists or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages now!
October in the Garden
Fergal’s Bio
Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal