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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.

 


GARDENING BY MONTH


Gardening in January

Gardening in February
Gardening in March
Gardening in April
Gardening in May
Gardening in June
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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