In The Garden
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE WITH OUR EXPERT TIPS AND KNOW-HOW
MONTH...TO DO THIS
■ ASSESS YOUR GARDEN and plan what needs moving, cutting back or dividing. Sedum, dahlias, heleniums, rudbeckias and ornamental grasses will all continue to flower through autumn and add winter interest, too.
■ BUILD A BUG HOTEL to increase biodiversity in your garden. Simply pick a flat area with a mix of sun and shade. Layer up some wooden pallets, then fill in between them with bark, bamboo canes, broken tiles, straw and leaves. For more ideas, visit wildlifetrusts.org.
■ ENCOURAGE OTHER WILDLIFE into your garden. Asters and Michaelmas daisies, which are in flower now, are ideal nectar and pollen sources for butterflies, moths and beetles. Finches will feast on their seeds in later months. Visit rspb.org. uk for more suggestions.
■ PLANT SPRING BULBS, such as daffodils, crocus, snowdrops and hyacinths, now for a spring display next year, but wait until November for tulips. Buy fresh, plump bulbs that are firm to the touch and plant within a week, before they sprout. Sow in drifts under trees, as well as in beds.
■ REAP THE HARVEST by lifting onions and drying them on the soil surface before storing. Sweetcorn is ripe when the tassels start to shrivel and brown. Regularly pick maturing vegetables to prevent spoiling and to encourage further cropping.
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