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IN THE AUTUMN GARDEN


APRIL                                                                                              


After rain (hopefully), keep an eye out for snails and slugs around any new seedlings.  Use snail pellets where necessary but don’t leave them around if you have any pets. The leaves are beginning to fall so rake them up and use them as a mulch on the garden or for composting.  Try composting the leaves with a sprinkle of blood and bone. In my opinion, I think oak leaves make the best compost.


Flowers          


Plant colourful spring flowering bulbs of daffodils freesias, hyacinths and tulips. For seed lovers sow some hollyhock, larkspur and delphinium.


Flowering and budding plants should be regularly fed with a specialist fertiliser to encourage beautiful blooms later in the year.  Plant some primulas, fox gloves, carnations and stocks.  Prune your geraniums/pelargoniums very hard and use the cuttings to propagate for friends.  Start looking around for some Winter colour such as flowering azaleas or sasanqua camellias.


Fruit Trees     

Now is the time to spray citrus trees with White Oil, this will control any scale.   Remove diseased or spent fruiting canes on currant and loganberry bushes.


Vegetables       

Enrich your soil with good fertilisers.   Seedlings of leeks, lettuce, parsley and English spinach can be planted, apply weekly an all-purpose liquid fertiliser.  Prune herbs then dry and store for later use. Basil - make some pesto and freeze for use next Winter. The addition of lime to the soil is beneficial.  Use a pH kit (available at the local Nursery) to check the acidity.  


Lawn
              

Aerate and feed lawns now.


Fruit Trees     

Plant citrus now – lemon, orange and grapefruit.


MAY
                                                                                                                       

Flowers      

Prepare garden beds for planting of Roses.  Ensure that the soil is well drained and add animal manure.   Look out for this season’s Roses.  A wide range of dormant Roses will now be available (check the range at your local Nursery).   

 

Happy Gardening to All!

Patricia

 

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