Hello and welcome back to all our wonderful readers. This week we thought we would bring you a blog post of something you can do at home to get you in the outdoors, enjoying nature and de-stressing. It is a blog post all about what you can do in the garden this Autumn as there are a lot more fun gardening activities then you might think.
Planting bulbs for spring
One thing to do in the garden this autumn is to plant spring bulbs for next year, two of the firm favourites are of course Daffodils and Tulips. There is a fantastic variety available from big bloomy flowers to more petit and gentle ones. They like to be planted two to three times deeper than themselves. It can be a little difficult to know where to plant them so you can also plant them in pots and then in the springtime when they flower plant them out to the exact position you would like them. Additionally, they do look great in pots if you have a smaller garden. In fact, one very pretty springtime pot is to plant Tulips right at the bottom of the pot, then Daffodils above and then finally Crocuses right on top. Each flower will rise and die back at different times, providing you with a flowering pot all through the spring months.
If you thought you would have to leave the vegetable garden dormant until the spring, then you will be delighted to know that is not the case. There are lots of things you can be growing in the winter to keep your fingers green. Up first are onions and shallots. These are a long growing crop and will not be ready until the following summer but are hardy and will pretty much look after themselves over the long months. Another vegetable that takes a long time to grow like the onions is garlic. Again, if planted now it will not be ready until the summer but it is so worth it for some gorgeous, fresh homegrown garlic.
Autumn sown broad beans and peas can be sown this time of year to give you a head start in the new year with a delicious batch of beans and peas. You will need to check the packet as only specific varieties are suitable for this such as broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and pea ‘Kelvedon Wonder’.
Finally, for any salad lovers out there do not fear you can actually grow winter salads! There are lots of varieties that will grow well in the autumn and winter, many of which are cut and come again. Additionally, there are winter varieties of lettuce to try.
Preparation for the following year
One of the best things you can do in the garden this Autumn/Winter is to have a good old clean up. Tidy up your greenhouse, potting shed or garden area ready for the spring season. It helps you to feel prepared and organised for the new growing year and provides a beautiful environment to walk through.
Another good job to prepare for the following year is to tidy up your borders so that your displays look amazing in the new year. Dig up the annuals and re-plant with biannuals such as pansies and forget-me-nots to help create a beautiful spring display.
For those of you who have a lawn then now is the time to give it some TLC. You want to rake up any fallen leaves of moss as these can cause browning of the lawn and leave patches. Then apply a sandy brush topping to help drain the soil in the soggy winter months. Finally, provide it with autumn feed to help it get through the chilly months. All of these treatments will help to provide you with that bright green lawn we all love in the summer.
Finally, for those of you who are looking at your garden and thinking that it is going to look a little bare, then why not treat yourself to a few evergreen plants. They help to transform a winter garden from bare and cold to bright and full.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s blog, we wanted to provide you with something that would get you outdoors enjoying your gardens and getting away from the stress of day to day life.
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