Get your plot in shape for au­tumn

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Get a head start with hardy an­nu­als and sow now. These can be sown in situ or in trays.

If you have an area set aside as meadow, it’s time to give it its au­tumn chop. Cut as close to ground as pos­si­ble and re­move cut­tings. This al­lows the light in and helps ger­mi­na­tion of new seeds.

Re­move sum­mer rasp­berry canes that have fin­ished fruit­ing. Next year’s fruit will be on the fresh green canes and these need ty­ing in to sup­ports.

No rasp­ber­ries? Think about or­der­ing them and other fruit­ing canes such as black­ber­ries now as you can plant them in the dor­mant sea­son this win­ter.

While the ground is still warm it’s a good time to lift and di­vide peren­ni­als. They won’t all like divi­sion – for ex­am­ple, those with a tap root like a car­rot, such as the cow pars­ley. When re­plant­ing di­vi­sions, give them a good soak and keep well wa­tered to help them es­tab­lish.

Dry days are good for seed col­lec­tion. Armed with a brown pa­per bag and pen, shake the seed into the bag and la­bel. Many seeds can be sown fresh now or kept in a dry cool place for spring sow­ing.

Start plant­ing bulbs – you can get au­tumn flow­er­ing cro­cus in the shops now which should be planted im­me­di­ately.

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