- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and any remaining root crops.
- Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding.
- Check greenhouse heaters are working.
- Reduce watering of houseplants.
- Take hardwood cuttings.
Time is running out for booking your place at the annual lunch and trophy presentation which will be held on Sunday 1st December. You have until Thursday 7th November to make your reservation through Pat Grimes (contact details in the handbook).
- Clear up fallen leaves, especially from lawns, ponds and beds.
- Plant tulip bulbs for spring display next year.
- Plant out winter bedding.
- Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging.
- Prune roses to prevent wind rock.
- Last chance to cut lawns and trim hedges.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
- Clean out cold frames and greenhouses to ready for autumn use.
- Divide herbaceous perennials.
The Late Summer Show saw a new venue and while there may have been a few teething troubles the show was a success and seemed to attract a greater footfall from the local area. There was the usual high standard in the vegetable categories and floral art and it was good to see some new entrants in the junior and children’s classes.
- Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
- Watering! Particularly containers and new plants.
- Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners.
- Feed the soil with green manures.
AND DON’T FORGET THE LATE SUMMER SHOW ON AUGUST 17th. (St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove. Easy parking.)
- Give lawns a quick acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed.
- Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering.
- Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise.
- Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds and keep them topped up.
- Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds.
- Harvest lettuce, radish, other salad plants and early potatoes.
- Plant out summer bedding.
- Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch.
- Remember the Society’s Garden Party on the 29th.
- Watch out for late frosts and protect tender plants.
- Earth up potatoes and promptly plant any remaining.
- Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.
- Lift and divide overcrowding clumps of daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.