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October is the month when the trees and shrubs are in all their glory as their leaves turn fiery shades of red, orange, yellow and rust.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • This is the best time to tidy up beds & borders. It’s a good idea to tackle any problems in your garden now to ensure that next year, your plot is in tip top shape!
  • Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month as well as any winter bedding
  • Pansies, Violas & Primroses all carry beautiful petals that will add colour to your garden. Remember to dead-head them so they will continue to flower into the winter months
  • Water your plants less regularly as the weather becomes cooler & the days shorter
  • Bring potted tropical plants like bananas & brugmansias inside
  • Apply lawn feed to revive your grass
  • Clear away any old crops & vegetables to ensure they don’t harbor diseases
  • Put pots on pot feet to avoid them getting waterlogged in winter

Flowers to sow…

Sow directly outdoors to flower next year:

  • Wildflower seed mixes
  • Poppies
  • Nigella
  • Cornflowers

Flowers to plant for winter colour:

  • Violas
  • Heucheras
  • Carex
  • Brunnera
  • Hellebores
  • Primulas

Vegetables to grow…

Sow under cloches or in a greenhouse for winter crops:

  • Winter lettuce
  • Pak choi
  • Mizuna

Sow outdoors for spring crops:

  • Pea ‘Meteor’
  • Pea ‘Pilot’
  • Broad Bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’
  • Broad Bean ‘Imperial Green Longpod’

Plant out:

  • Autumn onion sets e.g. onion ‘radar’ and ‘electric red’
  • Garlic
  • Spring cabbages
  • Asparagus crowns

Wildlife Gardening in October…

  • Help birds through cold nights by giving them high energy feeds such as suet, dried meal worms & peanuts.
  • Leaving seed heads on plants, such as sunflowers & thistles, provides food for birds & insects.
  • Flowering ivy is a great source of nectar for any late-flying pollinators, such as butterflies & bees. It also provides shelter for birds & small mammals.
  • Create habitat piles from logs, twigs & leaves to help hibernators. Hibernation boxes are also great for hedgehogs!

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Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ