This week, I've some tips on plant propagation, early bulb planting, what to grow in the veg patch and some tips on giving wildlife a helping hand. The seasons are changing, and there are lots of exciting things to do in and around the garden!
Hardy plants and bulbs
Check roses regularly for fungal diseases, i.e. black spot
. Remove and burn infected leaves and continue regular sprays of Roseclear Ultra or Multirose. Choose disease-resistant varieties to plant in future.
Make sure that any lavender
plants- those not pruned earlier - are pruned now. Cut off faded flowers with about 2-3 cm of leaf shoot but don’t cut back into old woody growth.
Lavender Hidcote in a watering can
Anemone blanda - White Splendour
Snakes Head Fritillaries
Solenostemon \[Coleus\] cuttings rooting in a glass of water
- Check cuttings of Fuchsia, Pelargonium and other tender perennials for roots. If well-rooted, pot them on into 9 cm (3.5”) pots filled with good potting compost. If not, leave potting until spring. There is still time to root more.
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- Install a frog and toad shelter. These amphibious creatures are fantastic predators of common pests and real gardener's friends!
A frog in front of a frog home.
A wooden hibernation home for hedgehogs.
- Sow ‘Winter Density’ lettuce (outside) and the winter mix of Speedy Veg leaf salad leaves. You can grow the salad leaves in containers.
- Plant spring cabbages in well-prepared soil. Space them 30 cm (1ft) apart. Apply a fertiliser that has low nitrogen content as the nitrogen should not be added until the New Year.