October 24, 2019 10:22 am
With the colder temperatures creeping in and winter on the horizon, now is the perfect time to prepare your garden for the coming months. You may think that it is too late to get your fingers green, but in fact, it is the perfect time to plant your bulbs to ensure you garden is perfect for when spring comes around.
Here's your Autumn checklist for the perfect garden...
Nows the time to get your bulbs in order. Planting your bulbs now will mean that come Februrary/May, your plants are flourishing. If you havent already, head down to your favourite garden centre and pick yourself up an array of bulbs to plant. To save them from the colder weather, ensure when you plant your bulbs, they are planted at twice the depth, meaning the bulbs are further down into the ground to keep protected.
If planted now, here's when you can expect your bulbs to flower;
Winter Aconites - January
Snowdrops/Crocuses - February
Daffodils - March
Tulips - April
Alliums - May
For your summer bulbs, nows the time to be lifting them from your garden and storing them in a cool, dry place to preserve until they can be planted again in the new year.
Fruit and Vegetables
Now is the perfect time to dig up your summer crops and replace them with your winter warmers. Crops such as runner beans, carrots, beetroot, pumpkins and squashes should all be ripe and ready for picking, where as brussel sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers can all be left to continue to grow and harvested later on in the year.
Make sure you pick all of your lovely fruit including raspberries, apples and pears now, as these will not be able to cope in the colder climate.
The changing colours and lower temperatures can only mean one thing, an abundance of leaves on the ground and that pesky frost creeping in.
Ensure your lawn is not covered by fallen leaves as this will kill the grass below. You can do this by regularly raking your lawn to free it from any cover.
If you only do one thing this Autumn, make sure you cover anything that could potentially be harmed by frost. Frost is one of the most damaging things for your garden, so take the time to prepare your plants by covering your bulbs with bark compost,as this will lock in the heat. Any small succulents you have, bring these indoors and ensure any larger plants such as tree ferns are wrapped with fleece material to protect their stems.
This post was written by Danielle Orrell