Our allotment is a tip right now and the garden doesn't look that much better. The incessant rains and the short days (and hectic work schedules) have meant that we've not quite 'got there' in terms of autumn gardening. Hard frost has not arrived in the East yet so there is still time for a bit of garden TLC. So here are a list of things I'll be doing this Autumn.
Autumn Leaves: You need to rake those pesky leaves regularly. It is important, especially if you have leafy deciduous trees nearby which encourages the growth of moss and mushrooms and will eventually ruin your lawn. Use the leave for mulching your borders or as compost (leaf mould).
Seeds: This is a good time to continue collecting the last of your plant and flower seeds for planting later in spring. And, it saves a few pennies. Always dry first and store in paper bags in a cold dark place. I love it when I'm able to re-grow plants from seed. My giant sunflowers were born this way and they are still beautiful!
Fruit Trees: This is the ideal time for planting, pruning and propagating fruit trees. Carol Klein's book on propagation has some great tips.Propagating fruit trees is also much cepaer than buying new ones.
Pruning: Time to prune those raspberry and other fruit canes that have finished supplying the goods. Your autumn fruting raspberries may have another month to go.
Freecycle for free manure.
What have you been up to in the garden this month? Ann x