Garden tips for October
Garden tips is back my green fingered friends, with mild liver disease and a tan only the Donald would be jealous of. No wait, that’s me! I’m embarrassed to say that I totally abandoned my garden this summer, in favour of weekends surfing and sunbathing and my grounds are in desperate need for some TLC.
Thank mother nature then for Richard Morton from Muddy favourite Trewidden Garden – here’s his tips for what we should be doing in October:
The leaves will be falling from the trees quite fast this time of year and it is a good idea to collect them up at regular intervals. This helps to prevent lawns and small plantings from being smothered. If you garden in Cornwall they will also be sopping wet most of the time so are a good place for slugs and snails to hide.
Clean greenhouses inside and out. This will allow more light into the structure for the approaching darker months of winter and clean up debris that likes to harbour pests and diseases, a clean, neat and tidy greenhouse is always pleasing.
Install greenhouse insulation (bubble wrap) if you are going to use it and if you live in a colder region set your greenhouse heater up and ready, it is easy to be caught out by early frosts at the end of this month. On warmer days ensure you ventilate the house well to try and reduce incidents of diseases such as Botrytis.
At Trewidden we also start our winter program of work from this month, pruning Hydrangea macrophylla (of which we have quite a few) and pruning and clearing out of overgrown areas. The flower beds in the Walled Garden will also start to be put to bed about now. This involves cutting the perennials to the ground and cleaning the beds of weeds.
Start planning for next season now, dry weather over the autumn/winter period is ideal for digging your vegetable garden over, when spring arrives you will be too busy with other things to have time. Winter greens can be sown now and if covered with a cloche or frame be used over the winter period, try sowings of Mizuna, Rocket and Komatsuna.
Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge, Penzance TR20 8TT