The long dog days of summer are behind us, and the chill in the air coupled with the dead leaves on the ground tell us that autumn has set in for another term. The end of October means the clocks going back, and it’s not just farmers who must prepare for the chillier, darker conditions of autumn and winter. What should amateur gardeners do to make the most of this challenging season? Your friends at Flubit have a few autumn gardening tips for you to heed this year…
There are a few tasks that need completing if you’re going to keep your garden in tip-top condition over the coming months. The Royal Horticultural Society suggests that autumn gardeners:
• Clear fallen leaves regularly. Fallen leaves are a natural part of autumn, and a major part of its charm. Leaving them in place will suffocate your lawn, however, so don’t dally when picking them up.
• Move tender and aquatic plants into greenhouses. Tender plants are killed by frost and low temperatures, so bring those pretty spring and summer flowers indoors before the mercury drops too low.
• Mow lawns and trim hedges. Get that last spot of lawn and hedge maintenance done towards the end of the season to achieve a neat finish before conditions worsen.
What’s in season
Autumn is also a time to reap what you sow, capitalising on all the hard work you put in over the spring and summer by harvesting your seasonal produce. Here’s what’s in season right now according to Eat the Seasons:
• Butternut squash. This delicious vegetable is perfect roasted and in soups, and is in season from September through to December.
• Shallots. Sweeter and tangier than onions, shallots are the perfect addition to many autumn and winter recipes.
• Courgettes. An old fashioned garden favourite, get the most out of your home grown courgettes by grating them, frying them with butter, garlic and chilli and serving them with pasta.
• Potatoes. The humble spud. Main crop varieties will be ready to harvest now, perfect for your autumn Sunday roasts.
• Apples, pears and plums. If you’re lucky enough to have your own small orchard, these favourite British fruits will be ready for the fruit bowl or the pie dish right about now.
What to plant
Autumn is a time to think for the future as well as reap the benefits of past efforts. Now’s the time to plan for the seasons ahead and ensure that you garden looks its best once the clocks go forwards once more. Here’s what you should be planting this month, according to Thompson & Morgan:
• Wildflowers. Sow wildflower seeds in time to see them bloom next spring. Perfect for pollenating insects such as bees and butterflies.
• Hollyhocks can be planted for overwintering in cold frames and greenhouses.
• Broad beans. Sow broad beans now for an early crop of this garden favourite next year.
• Asparagus. We love asparagus season here at Flubit. Plant asparagus crowns now and enjoy the delicious, tender stems next year.
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