AUTUMN is here and the leaves are beginning to fall. Collect these and add to your compost heap. Or just collect in bags punctured with a few holes.
IT’S a great month for planting. The soil is still warm and will allow roots to settle in. So take a visit to your local garden centre and treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted.
FED up with your lawn? It’s also a good time to roll out new turf. Prepare ground well, removing all weeds and rake to a fine tilth before laying new turf. Reduce mowing of existing lawns.
LIFT tender corms and plants like gladioli, canna and dahlia before the winter frosts. In milder places, you might get away with leaving in situ covered with a layer of mulch. Any houseplants that you took outdoors for their summer holidays can be taken back indoors again now.
CLEAN out veg beds of old materials and plant out spring cabbages and winter lettuces.
Raise pumpkins on to bricks to keep them dry and help them ripen up in time for Halloween.
NOW is a good time to clean the greenhouse for winter.