They’ll look deliciously delightful come springtime!
It’s simple and successful!
It’s easy and gives you new plants for free
Their aromatic stems will be a welcome treat
Use nematodes to deal with those pesky, unwanted visitors
Why not give a new variety a go?
They’ll create a delightful display for you to enjoy in spring
Give it some TLC now to get it in tip-top condition
The main growing season is coming to an end and you may have some spare ground with well-worked, well-used soil. But that doesn’t mean it has to languish unused and untended.
In fact, now’s a great time to prepare and maintain the soil in your plot so that it continues to remain healthy over autumn and winter, before you fully start again in spring.
Leaving it will lead to any nutrients it has leaching out, eroding in wind and winter rain and becoming really weedy. Adding nothing to it in terms of organic matter won’t help your future crops – over the next month or two it’s a good idea to replace what has been taken out of it over the spring and summer.
Leaving your soil bare is also detrimental to your plot. Weeds will take hold and there will be nothing to stabilise it. And what’s the use of a bare patch? There are plenty of crops to sow and plant now for a fruitful plot, such as broccoli, radishes, salad and onions.
The hardy varieties will brighten up your displays
As the nights draw in and autumn creeps up on us, it can be a bit of a down time as you wonder quite where the summer has gone already. Autumn has its own charms, but you may be wanting to cheer yourself and your garden up a bit as some of the bright colours tone themselves down to russets and bronzes. An injection of pink will do just the job, particularly in tucked-away shady spots, such as under trees, hedges and in between post-flowering shrubs.
Potted, autumn-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium are all over the shops right now and are perfect for slotting in gaps. Be sure to pick up the hardy varieties with smaller flowers, and not C. persicum, which are bigger and blowsy but better off indoors. Later in autumn you’ll see lovely winter C. coum, to plant, too. Plant potted plants just level with the soil, and if you’re planting corms themselves, plant them 5cm (2in) below the soil surface. Unless you’re putting them in pots, when you can grow them closer together, plant them about 20cm (8in) apart and dig in a little compost or leaf mould for good measure.
Plant them now for a summer crunch to savour next year
Food and water is key now to ensure a bumper harvest
Start these beauties now for early blooms
They'll need a trim now to curb growth before autumn.
A little time spent on it each week will keep it healthy
Glorious nerines will be a showstopper in vivid pink
They plug any gaps you have and can be harvested in weeks
Any Top Tray plants you're intending to show over the coming weeks should be receiving your main attention now.
Start off a few tasty bloomers now to use in a variety of dishes
It helps conserve moisture levels and looks good too
Check plants regularly to stop an infestation of pests