Autumn is here: the nights are cold and the leaves have started falling.
It's time to take tender plants indoors - preferably into a greenhouse or conservatory. It is important to double check which plants can tolerate cold temperatures to avoid damage.
You can also choose to leave seed pods on your plants for the birds and other wildlife, or to collect them for planting next year. Plants such as pansies will look healthier if you dead head them before they produce seed pods, as they use up their energy forming the seeds.
Perennials that have died down can now be cut back and climbing roses can be pruned.
Spring flowering bulbs can now be planted until December, along with garlic bulbs and onion sets.
It is a good time to add compost/manure/organic matter/bark to your soil to replace the goodness and ensure it is ready for Spring planting. We recommend our Organic Soil Improver, which is £3.25 for 40L.
Fallen leaves can be raked and collected to make leaf mould but make sure to exclude any diseased materials, as disease can easily spread in the warm wet environment. You can also start a compost at this time, as there is plenty of garden waste.
Once Summer bedding has past its best cyclamen, pansies, violas and other winter hardy bedding will brighten up garden borders, as well as containers and baskets.
It is also a perfect time for a warming beverage so we have introduced loyalty cards in our coffee shop - get your seventh hot drink free. The card also entitles you to 10% off plant purchases.
We have also introduced an addition to our hot drinks menu - all hot chocolates were previously made using Nutella but we are now offering Drinking Chocolate made by Divine Chocolate, which is both delicious and Fairtrade.