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Gloria's Glorious Garden – October

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Gloria's Glorious Garden – October

Alison Owens

October ooh, such a busy month – think you can slow down but there is so much to do to prepare for winter…. Here is you list of things to do:

 Veg Patch

  • Frost can damage young tender vegetables so use a cloche for your winter lettuce.

  • Brassicas might need fence and staking.  

  • I love a row of kale, their stakes look fabulous.  

  • Pick remaining runners and courgettes.

  • Squash and marrows need their skins off in the sun, they can then can be stored in dry cool place.

  • You can still plant garlic, it will need free drainage and warm soil.

  • For early broad beans sow in a cold frames.

 I have already take Gloria’s advice and cleaned up the greenhouse and tidied my geraniums, I tend to loose interest over the winter months in my greenhouse but fingers crossed more of my plants will now survive !

I have already take Gloria’s advice and cleaned up the greenhouse and tidied my geraniums, I tend to loose interest over the winter months in my greenhouse but fingers crossed more of my plants will now survive !

The Greenhouse.

  • Clear and clean all debris out especially if you want to store your tender or half hardy perennials.

  • Ensure no snails and slugs have come in for a warm winter!!

  • Clean the glass inside and out for maximum light needed in the winter, you might want to insulate or use a  heater for frost protection. 

    Download Gloria’s October Veg & Greenhouse tips here

 The Flower Garden

 My Cobeus has responded to a feed and has these lovely blooms all over the stairs to my workshop . Frost will get it soon but I intend to protect the roots with bubble wrap and hopefully it will survive another year

My Cobeus has responded to a feed and has these lovely blooms all over the stairs to my workshop . Frost will get it soon but I intend to protect the roots with bubble wrap and hopefully it will survive another year

  • Plant out hardy annuals and mulch dahlias or bring in to dry over winter.
    Plant new soft fruit and bulbs in winter containers 

  • Be brave! Sow half hardy annuals like Cobaea , Sarah Ravens favourites,  Antirrhinums, Cerinthe, Cornflowers etc... 

  • Bring in the pots of Chrysanthemums and Agapanthus into the greenhouse

  • For early sweet peas sow in a cold frames.

 Wow, that’s a lot to do, but don't forget to enjoy the autumn colours and fragrances in the garden while you work.

Download Gloria’s October Flower Garden tips here