October

In The Fruit Garden In October

To test when apples are ripe, gently lift them in the palm of your hand, or give them a gentle pull. If they are ripe, they will come away easily.

Remove any diseased fruits from branches or the ground so they don’t infect the next year’s crops.

Remove netting from fruit cages to allow birds to catch and eat any pests that are lurking there.

Divide clumps of rhubarb by digging them up and splitting them into pieces with a spade. The healthiest pieces can be re-planted.

Top Tip:
Remove any citrus trees indoors and put them in a bright, frost-free position away from cold draughts and radiators.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Mulch borders after tidying with bark chips, well rotted manure or leaf mould. This will keep the plant roots warm and keep weeds in check over the winter.
  • Reuse old grow bags by cutting away the top and sowing late salad crops. Cropping can be extended into winter if grown under glass, cloches, or polytunnels.
  • Remove any citrus trees indoors and put them in a bright, frost-free position away from cold draughts and radiators.
  • Reuse compost from annual containers as mulch in the garden!
  • Clear out nest boxes if you haven't already. Birds don't hibernate and need lots of energy to keep themselves warm at night. Consider moving the clean nest box into the shed.