It’s at this time of year that we need to start thinking about getting our garden ready for the long winter months ahead. Start by wrapping up any pots, or move them inside. Leaves can be a real problem at this time of year, but they make great composting material, mix these up with other garden debris such as grass cuttings, so that they decompose well over the winter months, ready for your flowerbeds next year.
You will need to plant any tulip bulbs about now, as well as planting out any winter beds with annuals. Trim back plants to prevent wind damage – we’ve had plenty of windy days recently. Put out bird food to encourage them to come into your garden and to help them survive through the winter months. Be careful not to put too much out at a time as this could encourage rodents into your garden. Make sure that you keep mice away from any stored produce.
In the vegetable garden you will need to harvest any winter cabbages, sprouts, leeks and root crops. Now is a good time to take hardwood cuttings.
Make sure that ponds are safe from becoming frozen; all you need to do is to fill up a container half full of water and float it on top of the pond.
This is a good time to check your drainage for fallen leaves that could get water logged, freeze and then cause your pipes to burst during the cold months ahead.