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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

Con­tinue plant­ing bulbs, and in par­tic­u­lar tulips can now go into the ground.

Have you lifted your dahlia tu­bers, can­nas, be­go­nias and glad­i­oli? Th­ese need to be stored in­doors for win­ter.

Prune shrub roses now to avoid dam­age to the roots caused by high winds rock­ing the plant back and forth. Ide­ally you want to re­duce the over­all size of a bush rose to less than a foot high. Any branches that look spindly, dis­eased or have died back can be re­moved en­tirely. Sim­i­larly, if there are new shoots at the base, you can re­move some of the old ones com­pletely. The rest can be cut back quite hard, ide­ally just above an out­ward­fac­ing bud. This will en­cour­age fresh growth.

Sow batches of hardy broad beans and peas out­doors for early crops next year.

Re­move suck­ers from the base of plants.

Pick off rot­ting fruit from trees and dis­pose of it to get rid of fun­gal spores that over­win­ter.

Bon­fire Night was a great time to get rid of ma­te­rial un­suit­able for com­post­ing. So, now you have got your fire-mak­ing hand in, col­lect dis­eased leaves from fruit trees and roses, and chuck them on the fire.

Rake up fallen leaves and com­post in bin bags with a few holes pierced – this makes ex­cel­lent com­post for your er­i­ca­ceous plants.

Treat your lawn to a dose of au­tumn lawn fer­tiliser to help it sur­vive the win­ter.

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