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Garden Tasks for October

Flowers and Shrubs

- Continue to plant out seedlings of summer flowering annuals, Also summer flowering bulbs such as Dahlias, Begonias, and Gladioli, and Calla Lily.

- Fill pots and containers and hanging baskets with geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias, and Calibrochoa, for bright, colourful summer displays.

- When planting out your hanging baskets and pots add some Crystal rain water granules. These crystals absorb many times their weight in water. This is held following rain and released as plants require it, so it means you won’t have to water your baskets or pots as frequently.

- Feed roses with a good quality rose food and spray with Shield to prevent fungus diseases and pest damage.

- Prune back spring flowering shrubs after flowering has stopped.

- Liquid feed annuals and perennials with Yates Thrive Flower and Fruit plant food.

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Vegetables and Fruit

- Plant all the summer veges such as beans, sweet corn and courgettes now that the soil is warm.

- Plant out tomato seedlings and be sure to stake taller varieties at time of planting. Water well with warm water, and when watering during the growing season be careful not to water the leaves and foliage of tomato plants. Feed tomato plants regularly with liquid tomato food.

- October is also the perfect time to plants new plants of rhubarb, passionfruit, and tamarillos.

- Feed citrus trees this month with a good citrus and fruit tree fertiliser. Spread out to the drip line of the tree and water well after applying.

- October is a great time to plant out your herbs. They do really well in pots - especially mint which can be quite invasive if you plant it in your garden. If you have an interest in companion planting, basil grows really well with tomato plants. It repels pests and promotes healthy growth.

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Pests and General Tasks

- Add a layer of mulch around the base of all your fruit trees, roses and shrubs. This will enable the soil to maintain moisture throughout the summer and keep the area weed free. As the material rots down it adds nutrients to the soil as well.

- Spray lawns with Yates Turfix to get rid of any broadleaf weeds. Feed with a slow release lawn fertiliser.

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