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     October - Jobs to do in the garden - Diary - Planner                          

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 Beware of Frost ! 
If frost is predicted by the weatherman then you will need to bring inside tender plants such geraniums & fuchsia's. Some begonias can be lifted & potted up and placed on a widow-sill or in the greenhouse. By doing this you will have them flowering through winter. Young Cordyline's and Japanese Acers need protection too from frost. If in containers place them in a sheltered area. If they are in the ground cover them over with a sheet.
 Time to tidy up
Leaves on the lawn need to be cleared so brush or rake them off and put on a compost heap if you have one. If not place the leaves in a black bin bag, put a few holes in the bag, tie it up and leave it alone till spring when it can be used as food for your borders. Tidy Borders: Parts of plants that have died back in the borders can be removed, also any debris such as twigs & stones. Water butts & ponds may need cleaning out too.
 What To Plant
This month you can get planting the following plants: Foxgloves / Hardy Heathers / Wallflowers / Forget-me-nots / Sweet William and Polyanthus. Plant spring bedding plants such as aubrietia, alyssum & winter pansies It's also a good time to plant shrubs & trees.  Buy plants online here...
Dead-head faded flowers & un-healthy looking buds. Tall growing roses can be cut back to reduce wind-rock. Leave the main pruning until next March.
 Remove bulbs & tubers from the ground
Gladioli / Dahlias / Begonias  Bulbs & tubers of Gladioli, dahlias & begonias are to be removed from the ground, dried and stored in dry cool place.
 Lenten Rose (Helleborus)
Prune out the big old shoots & leaves to make room for new growth.
 Prepare the soil
Before Planting  Prepare your soil before planting by digging over the soil and removing all weeds, then add some well rotted compost .
 Jobs in the greenhouse
The watering of Greenhouse plants can now be reduced. Only open vents on warm days and making sure they are closed on nights. Check heaters are in good working order. Clean the glass panels inside and out. Clean & disinfect floor area, benches & shelves with a product such as Armillatox.
 Other jobs to do
Take gooseberry cuttings / Finish planting spring flowering bulbs / Plant spring cabbages / Turn over the compost heap / Cut down asparagus.
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