The short dark days and harsh weather can make the prospect of gardening in winter incredibly unattractive. However, just a little bit of winter planning can get your garden ready for the year ahead.
Our Top October Gardening Tips
October can be such a beautiful month, but also field miles apart from the sunny end of September when it comes to weather, and temperature.
- Cut back perennials that have died down
- Plant out spring cabbages
- Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
- Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow
- Move any tender plants into a greenhouse of conservatory
- Renovate old lawns, or create new grass areas by laying turf
Spring Clean your Greenhouse
As the days have become shorter, you want to saver any sunlight that you can for your greenhouse. Washing and scrubbing your greenhouse with a bowl of warm water will minimise any shading of the greenhouse, and clearing out the gutters will ensure that water is able to flow away.
Whilst cleaning the exterior, make sure you have a go at cleaning the interior to help reduce any pests or diseases. Remove plants and sweep away any unwanted debris. Then disinfect the paths and staging of the greenhouse, as well as the inside of the glass. Make sure you allow a couple of days for ventilating to ensure it thoroughly dries.
Why not take the winter months as ample opportunity to wash out any pots or seed trays that you wish to plant in for the spring.
Now is the ideal time to start planning what you want to plant in your garden, and what you want to achieve from your garden next spring. Why not treat yourself to a gardening notebook to keep on top of things.
If you do not already have a compost heap or bin, now is the perfect time to get one. For those who already have a heap or bin, a good stir will only help the composting process.
Vegetables you can grow outdoors in winter
Just because it is the winter, it does not mean that you have to stop gardening altogether. There are plenty of vegetables that are able to be grown outdoors throughout the winter months.
- Onions, Spring Onions and Shallots
- Broad Beans
- Winter Salads
Just make sure you have a pair of fleece-lined gardening gloves to keep your hands warm!
Look after your Lawn
If your lawn is looking a little worse for wear (like mine), then it is the perfect time to add a little life back into your lawn. Remove any old grass clippings, moss, and anything else that may be covering your lawn, and add it to the compost heap. Now is the ideal time to lay a new turd, giving it plenty of time to develop before next summer.
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