Now is the perfect time to plant bulbs in your garden, before the ground becomes too wet or cold
There are hardly any areas of a garden that bulbs can’t be planted. In garden design they are a very useful addition to a planting scheme. You can plant bulbs between shrubs or herbaceous plants, in rock gardens or in the lawn. Even if you don’t have a garden they could be put in a pot!
A rule of thumb when planting bulbs is to plant each bulb twice as deep as its height. If you are buying from a garden centre most bulbs will come with instructions as to the ideal depth, but it can get a little confusing so I just remember that the bigger the bulb the deeper into the ground it will need to go. This is because the larger the bulb, the larger the eventual growth will be.
Plant container grown trees and shrubs
Plant container-grown trees and shrubs now while the soil is still warm. This means that the roots can become established before winter sets in and the plants will get off to a flying start in the spring. Because the soil is relatively moist there’s no need to pay much attention to watering, saving you time.
Enjoy the produce of Autumn!
There’s no doubt in my mind, English apples are the best in the world and this month they are ready to be enjoyed. If you feel like growing your own, there is space for a tree, even in the smallest of gardens. Trees can be trained as an espalier or fan shape against a fence or wall, if space is at a premium. Or, for a really small space, try growing a step-over apple. As the name suggests, the step-over is a low-growing, horizontally-trained tree that can literally be ‘stepped over’. Step-overs can be planted along an edge of a path or a bed, and make an excellent divider on an allotment or fruit garden.