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Miscellaneous Tasks in October


This can be a busy time of the year as clearing up after the current season, and preparing for winter and next year's crops takes place.

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

At any time this month:

Collect seed and store for next year.

Wash / clean pots, trays and containers in preparation for the next season's propagation.

Extract,clean and store split cane supports.

Generally clear away spent plant materials and place it in the compost heap providing it is not carrying disease.

Commence Winter digging on completion of the above.

Week 40 - 30th Sep. to 5th Oct.

Weed and feed lawn if not done previously.

Clean Greenhouse and Coldframes before the onset of bad weather.

Remove dead aquatic growths from Pond and check that the pump is in good working oreder.

Stretch netting over pond to catch fallen leaves.

Week 41 - 6th Oct. to 12th Oct.

Control moss infestation and surface drainage on lawns.

Week 42 - 13th Oct. to 19th Oct.

Dismantle support frame if all the Runner beans have been harvested and place in store for next year.

Insulate Greenhouse and coldframe in preparation for winter.

Week 43 - 20th Oct. to 26th Oct.

Empty full Compost heap/s, use the contents in the course of winter digging and prepare them to receive new compostable material.

Week 44 - 27th Oct. to 2nd Nov.

Prepare Pond for the onset of winter.

Prepare Containers for winter.