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    WILL HART'S GARDENING DIARY

   

OCTOBER

 

FRUIT

 

         Pick any fruit.

 

         Store fruit in sound condition, bring down temperature by ventilating at night. Do not mix late apples in the store with early cults, and keep apples and pears separate.

 

         Remove broken branches from stone fruits and protect the wounds.

 

         Prune blackcurrants if not already done and take cuttings from healthy plants.

 

         Prune gooseberries, red and white currants at leaf fall, if bird damage is likely then leave the plants until spring, take cuttings

 

         Finish pruning blackberries and hybrid berries.

 

         Complete the planting of strawberries by mid October, tidy up beds and remove leaves from perpetual strawberries.

 

         Order new fruit trees, prepare ground for planting and begin planting immediately after leaf fall.

 

         Greaseband apple, pear, plum and cherry trees to trap female winter moths.

 

         Apply final spray at leaf fall to stone fruits against bacterial canker.

 

         Spray peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl; this will serve as the mid October spray against bacterial canker.

 

 

VEGETABLES

 

         Outdoor tomatoes which have fail to ripen, pick them and place on trays put in a dark place with a ripe apple or red tomato to speed up the ripening process.

 

LAWNS

 

         Regular mowing should stop this month. Raise height of cut again for the last two cuts.

 

         Make sure all edges are nicely trimmed.

 

         All turf tools should be cleaned, oiled and put away for the winter.

 

         Apply an autumn fertilizer.

 

         Finish off lawn repairs, and any spiking and scarifying.

 

         Brush up any leaves which can harm the grass and increase worm activity.

 

         Dig out small areas of coarse grass and returf.

 

         For moss use a proprietary product containing Dichlorophen, not lawn sand at this time of year.

 

         Seed sowing should have been completed but the ideal time for laying turf is just starting.

 

 

GARDEN

 

         Herbaceous perennials can now be lifted, divided using two forks back to back and levering the crowns apart, plant in there new positions incorporating a little fertilizer, such as bonemeal,to assist growth the following spring.

 

         Bedding subjects like Wallflowers, Pansys, Bellis and Myosotis should be planted now in there final flowering positions follow this by planting bulbs such as Tulips and Hyacinths through them to give a colourful display in the spring.

 


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Gardening in July
Gardening in August
Gardening in September
Gardening in October
Gardening in November

Gardening in December

The above helpful advice has been reproduced by kind permission of Will Hart, whose experience includes working for Blackburn Rovers FC (as a groundsman at their Training Ground, Academy and Ewood Park), for the Sultan of Oman (at his French residence in Fontainebleau, south of Paris) at the 1999 Martell Grand National at Aintree and for a variety of different sized local gardens and estates.  Impressive credentials I am sure you will agree!

 

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