I enjoyed the summer in the garden where I gradually planted a border where I had removed a Leylandii hedge last winter.
The space it has given me has been wonderful for new planting and a lot more light comes into the garden and nextdoor’s too! I have a mixture of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, perennials and ground cover. I’ve avoided planting too close to the fence so I can access it to preserve it in a couple of years.
In autumn I shall plant some bulbs in this border. Autumn is the ideal time to plant bulbs such as daffodil, tulip and allium. Spring flowers like wallflowers and polyanthus can also be planted ready to over-winter into the new spring season. Keep on top of the falling leaves and put them on the compost pile so they can rot down to enrich your soil and perennials can be trimmed and tidied.
It is also good to tidy up generally, so strong winds don’t blow loose pots and items around. As winter approaches use the time to sharpen your tools, repair sheds, greenhouses and any features. Bare-rooted trees and shrubs can be planted in winter but avoid compacting the soggy soil by treading on it if it can be helped; this will make it easier to dig in the spring and keep the air circulating.
Lastly, I feed the birds all year, but in winter I look forward to seeing many more on the feeders as they come to rely on this food. I am lucky to see woodpecker, dunnock, blue tit, great tit, goldfinch and many more. By encouraging birds in the garden I also see them remove slugs and aphids in the warmer months.
I shall also be planning ahead to grow vegetables next year and use the winter-time to purchase seeds and seed potatoes to chit, ready for planting.
As the last cut of the lawn (until spring) nears and the bright winter stems of dogwood and silver birch are revealed to brighten a winter’s day; I wish you all the best until next time.