The Village Voice Oct /Nov 2019


In the Garden

with Alan Edmondson of

Bowercot Garden Design


Gardening Tips

• Divide and replant old clumps of perennials such as achillea and pyrethrum.

October is a good month for planting box, holly or yew hedging.

• Blackberry, raspberry and Loganberry canes which have fruited should be cut out

and new canes tied to the supporting framework.

• Misplaced shrubs and trees within the garden can be lifted and transplanted. Keep

root disturbance to a minimum.

• If your runner beans have finished cropping, cut back the top growth and compost

it. Leave the root system in the soil to rot down and provide nitrogen.

• Unripened tomatoes can be ripened by placing in a large paper bag with an

overripe (freckled) banana.

• Put grease bands around apple and cherry trees to catch winter moths.

• On established lawns, apply autumn fertiliser if not already done.

• If you are over wintering hardy annuals in the cold greenhouse, water them


• If digging, leave the soil in lumps for the frost to break down.

• If you are planning to plant fruit trees, the sooner the better, although the planting

season extends to March.

• It is a good time to plant bare rooted roses. Any broken stems or roots should be

cut away cleanly

• Woolly leafed alpines may need some protection from excessive wet weather.

• Clean and oil any tools that are not needed until next year.

Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden

Design, Lymington, is a regular

contributor to BBC Radio Solent’s ‘The

Kitchen Garden’ formerly ‘The Good Life’.

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