Keeping the garden alive by Catherine the Garden Lady
Autumn has officially started and it certainly feels a lot chillier now, however, if we are lucky, October will bring us the odd sunny day which we should use wisely by going outside and getting some important jobs done in the garden such as winter crops.
Gardeners all over the country seem to believe that September and October are the months to start “putting the garden to bed”. However, considering the series of mild winters we have had, I believe the better option is to keep the garden going so you can enjoy it all year round. Not only that, it will also keep you active and gives you the opportunity to enjoy some homegrown vegetables during the winter.
However big or small your garden, it will always look a little bleak during the winter but you can plant some pots or install a few window boxes to add some colour and banish the winter blues.
You can grow winter crops like brussels sprouts (which take up a lot of room but are worth growing), leeks, parsnips and sprouting broccoli in most vegetable gardens, however, you may want to look at using greenhouses or polytunnels to shelter some of the crops in order to get them safely through the winter.
Now is a good time to start planning your colour scheme for spring
How about creating some beautiful floral displays consisting of pansies, wallflowers and Sweet Williams? Make sure you keep planting bulbs as well.
Other jobs to do in the garden at this time of year may be: Making leaf mould, planting deciduous trees and shrubs (autumn is the best time for this), dividing perennials, sowing seeds (e.g. sweet peas) and installing water butts.
Colours in Nature – Written by Catherine Williams, The Garden Lady