1. Pretty sasanqua
camellias are coming into bloom, so now is a perfect time to head to the nursery and choose a few favourites. Pastel tones abound, along with vivid red and cerise shades.
2. It’s time to give
your lawn an autumn feeding, to get it in peak shape before the winter months arrive (it’ll also help to keep invasive weeds out). Use an organic-based granular fertiliser and water in well. If the ground is compacted, aerate the area first using a garden fork.
3. Plan ahead
for late winter and early spring colour, by planting seedlings of primula and Iceland poppies in pots or garden beds.
4. Collect vegetable seeds
from your favourite plants, such as beans, tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumbers and corn, for sowing next season. Allow seeds to dry out before storing them in an envelope or airtight jar, and keeping in a dry environment.
5. Keep a watch
for fungal diseases on foliage after rain – dark spots or white powdery deposits are telltale signs. Remove the worst affected leaves and spray with an organic-based fungicide.
6. Rake up deciduous
leaves as they start to fall and add them to the compost bin. They will break down into a great soil improver.
7. Lightly prune
and feed rose plants in early autumn, to encourage another few months of flowering.
8. Give your garden
an instant colour boost with some of the new-season pansies and violas appearing in nurseries right now. In mild climates, they’ll bloom right through autumn, winter and early spring.
9. Treat the whole
garden to an autumn feeding with an organic-based food, such as one of the pelletised manure products.
10. Use the autumn
season to plant new trees and shrubs. The cooler temperatures and periodic rainfall provide near-perfect conditions for plants to become established.
11. Buy cold-loving
bulbs like tulips and hyacinths early in the autumn, then store them in the fridge crisper for six weeks before planting out.