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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

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.

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