You may be spending more time indoors as the weather gets cooler, but there are still plenty of jobs to be done in the garden at this time of year. Here are just a few of the things you should be doing to make sure your outdoor space will be perfectly primed to be enjoyed again next spring.
Wet-Weather Preparation | Get at least one water butt to collect the rain that is sure to come over autumn and winter. This will help ensure that even a hosepipe ban will not stop your garden from looking great next year. The 200L Wickes Water Butt is a great no-frills option.
Fill in the Gaps | Your garden can still look blooming marvellous if you use autumn flowering plants to fill empty spaces in your borders. Buy chrysanthemums from Gardening Direct, or Sedum from Lead the Good Life.
Get Ready for Christmas | Create your own Christmas gifts by planting amaryllis and hyacinth bulbs for forcing. Get six hyacinth ‘Fresco’ bulbs from Thompson & Morgan for less than £25.
Crop Creation | Plant some autumn onion sets, and the end of the month is the ideal time to pop in some garlic bulbs, ready to use next year. Prepare for planting berry bushes over the dormant season by getting in your orders early. Gardening Direct is offering 24 strawberry plants for just £16.99.
Sow to Mow | Autumn is the perfect time to start cultivating a new lawn. Plant seeds or lay turf in time for it to take advantage of the favourable weather conditions.