Di's Autumn Gardening Tips
Our very own Di Fox shares her pro-tips for autumn gardening.
Autumn is a great season for knitting, reading and relaxing at home with family - but it's also great for gardening. Below are some of my favourite things about autumn gardening.
1. I love tulips, freesias and hyacinths. Now is the time to plant these so they bloom in spring! When buying your bulbs, avoid any that are soft or showing signs of mould. Small bulbs may not flower in their first year, so - big is better.
2. Sheep pellets are an inexpensive and natural way to add fertilize to your garden before you plant your autumn crops of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, spinach and Chinese cabbages.
3. Pesky snails and slugs will be abundant in autumn. You can use crushed eggshells or sand as natural alternatives to store-bought bait.
4. Autumn is a great time for a bit of lawn TLC. I aerate my lawns by walking around in my spike shoes which is also a great workout for the calf muscles.
5. Now is the time for planting shrubs. The warm autumn soil will give your shrubs a chance to grow their roots before chilly winter kicks in. They will then be established and ready to grow beautifully in the spring.
Diane Fox is our Accounts Manager and part of our friendly Customer Care team. She is also a gardening enthusiast.