GARDENING JOBS FOR OCTOBER




1. Plant spring flowering bulbs – these will need the cold period of winter to initiate flowering. Don’t leave it to late to plant pre-packed and loose bulbs as these can dry out if left too long in warm shop conditions.
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2. Lift and store dahlias when their foliage has been blackened by the first of the winter frosts. In mild winters and in particular for gardens with a free draining soil you may be able to get away with protecting them with a heavy mulch. This can also work for fibrous begonias, but there can still be a risk from cold damage if temperatures drop to low.
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3. It takes two years in our English climate for the fruit from a fig tree to properly grow and ripen. In order to successfully overwinter this years embryonic fruit, they will need protecting form the worst of the cold. In sheltered positions, securing waxy brown paper bags of the fruit is often enough to do the trick, however in a more exposed positions you may need to cover with plastic netting, and back then filling it with a loose layer of straw or bracken.

4. Bring new life to your rhubarb next year by lifting, dividing and replanting your old crowns.

5. Now is the time to spray peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl - just as the leaves begin to drop. When they do, collect and burn them to help prevent further infections next spring. For the more adventurous, try covering your trees with polythene supported by wooden posts. This can also prevent re-infection next year from spores carried in rain droplets.

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