Brighten up your garden in Autumn | Keep the colour of summer lasting longer | Extend the colour of summer into Autumn
Your crops have been harvested, and the exuberant summer colour has faded from your borders – but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s all over until next spring. Autumn is a busy time in the garden, clearing away the decaying vegetation of the summer and preparing the garden for the cold winter months ahead. Let the big clear up begin!
Time to say goodbye to Summer plants and prepare for the Autumn. Leaving such a colourful season behind, with a little imagination and good quality plants, it is possible to achieve a striking display of Autumn colour in your garden.
Plants available now are:
- Autumn Chrysanthemum
Spring Bulb Planting Now:
Time it right. Garden centres sell bulbs for autumn planting from August. October is the best time for daffodils; November for tulips.
Lots of Pots. Fill large plastic pots with your favourite bulbs and, just before they are about to flower, use them to plug holes in the border. Plastic pots can also be slipped inside more elegant terracotta ones and whipped out when the bulbs are over. Store the pots behind a shed to allow the foliage to die down, keep them weed-free, top-dress with a layer of compost in the autumn, and bring them out again the following year.
More the merrier. For sheer flower-power, bulbs are the cheapest plants available, so don’t stint on the quantities you plant. Even in small gardens, massed plantings of a limited number of varieties is always most effective. In pots, allow for a dozen tulips per 12in container.
Maintenance of Beds – Flower borders and Vegetable beds
Mulching – Bark
Putting a layer of either organic matter (manure, compost, seaweed etc) or non organic matter (chippings etc) on top of your soil in Autumn, is in essence putting your beds and borders to sleep for the winter.
Green Manure – Seeds (Fothergill)
Grown on your allotment or vegetable beds to fix nitrogen over the Winter, then dug into the soil in Springtime as a fertiliser for your new crops.
Organic Matter – Manure
From manure to well rotted garden compost, this is the ‘life blood’ of any garden. Incorporate it into the soil where and whenever possible. Green manure instructions: https://www.growlikegrandad.co.uk/allotment/winter-green-manure-advantages-disadvantages.html