Early Autumn: weeding, harvesting and composting

Published on September 25th 2018
The end of summer is approaching, but there are still plenty of things to be getting on with before the autumn begins.

Weeding and Dead-Heading

From around August, the weeds are more prolific as the conditions become less suitable for vegetables and flowers. This is the best time to get on top of the weeding before they start dropping seeds ready to grow next year.
Dead-heading is also a big task to do at this time of year, both to keep your garden looking beautiful and tidy as well as allowing new growth to come through.

Mulch and Compost

This is the best time of year to start preparing to make mulch! As the leaves fall from trees and other plants you can easily rake them up into a pile and collect them to create a leaf mulch.
You can then shred them up with either a leaf shredder or simply mow over them a few times to shred them into small pieces making it easier for the leaves to decompose. You can use this mulch straight away and store any that you haven't used.
You can use all sorts of materials to create mulches, such as woodchip, manure, straw and grass clippings. You can also create a compost by using old fruits and vegetables.
By the time next spring comes around you will have a great, nutrients filled mulch ready to start placing into your plants.


Now is the time to start harvesting a lot of your vegetables and fruit before they start to go over or get rotten from damp.
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