October Gardening – Planning Ahead


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Gardening Month By Month: October Projects

A month when flowers fade and bulbs are planted

October brings still more falling leaves, but in the garden planting of roots and bulbs for next year’s flowers continues. The past summer’s plants have mostly finished flowering by now, and a sharp frost may cripple many of those yet remaining.
If seeds of the pretty Forget-me-not, and of Wallflowers were planted in May, the young plants can now be transplanted into the rock garden, or into your plot.

Now is the time to plant Tulip bulbs. There are many coloured varieties of this attractive flower, and they will make a vivid show in the garden in spring and early summer. More Hyacinth bulbs can now go into the ground. This very pretty plant will flower in late February March.
Lupins make a lovely display of many coloured flowers in June and July, if the roots are planted in October. Pieces broken from the outside of old plants will make fine new ones.
Lily of the Valley crowns may now be planted in a sheltered spot, with some leaf-mould worked into the soil.

Now that there is not too much to do in the garden, you should take the opportunity of making some “gadgets” ready for next year. If you can get hold of a small wooden tub you should cover it with Virginian cork, add two wire handles, and stand it, when the time comes, on an old tree-trunk in it next year you can plant trailing Lobelia, Canary Creepers, and, say, one fine Geranium. Some of the creepers can be trained over the handles. This, when the flowers are in bloom, makes a handsome garden ornament.

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