Although Autumn in the UK officially starts in September, October seems to be when the weather makes a sudden turn. We might be waving goodbye to the sun and saying hello to the rain, but don’t worry, you can still make the most of this coming season for your flowers, plants and veggies. Read on to see what tips we have for you for gardening in October.

What to Plant?

Spring bulbs, such as Snowdrops and Crocus should be planted in September and October whilst the soil is still warm.

This also goes for evergreen shrubs which can help structure your garden when some of it may be dying off for the year.

Sow peas and broad beans ready for early next year.

brushing wet leaves in autumn

What to prune?

Take cuttings of herbs such as rosemary and thyme.

Take leaf cuttings from house plants such as begonias and succulents.

rosemary and thyme cuttings

What to prepare?

Don’t worry, there’s still lots to do if you want to carry on gardening in October. As well as pruning and planting, you’ll need to maintain your plants and crops in ways such as:

  • Removing pot saucers/raising plant pots up into feet to prevent plants from becoming waterlogged.
  • Move shrubs and plants that have outgrown their current garden location.
  • Cut back roses, asparagus, blackberry and raspberry bushes.
  • Raise squash-family vegetables onto bricks or flags to help keep them dry and ripe.

We’re quickly heading towards Christmas (sorry!) but if you wrap up warm and get yourself some suitable boots or wellies, there’s no reason why you can’t carry on gardening in October!

raised pumpkins

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