Simple Early-Autumn Gardening Jobs

5 Quick Tips (and gift ideas) for Autumn

Not sure about you, but I have definitely noticed a change in the weather. It is definitely feeling more 'bronze' out there. Apples are being harvested all around us and the trees have started to get highlights. Here's The Growing Obsession's advice for some quick jobs, with a couple of gift ideas for the inspiration bank.

1. Collect seeds.

On a dry and still day, choose your seed heads you wish to harvest. Choose a plant that is healthy and where the seed heads look like they are ready to split. Carefully snip off the whole seed head, and put into a clean paper bag, upside down. You will need to leave the seeds to ripen for a while, until they have dried and separated from the seed pod. Give the bag a gentle shake to loosen the seeds and then spread out the contents to clean away any husk from the seed. Make sure you store your seeds in an envelope and write on it! The amount of times I have thought I will remember in summer, then in spring had no clue… try the Burgon & Ball seed saver envelopes.

2. Sow Early Broad Beans.

You can harvest broad beans sown in October as early as May, if your soil conditions are right. By choosing the right variety, such as ‘Aqua Dulce’ and making sure you prep the soil correctly, you will be fine. It will also be worthwhile making sure you have some fleece or a polythene sheet ready for frosts… To make your job a little easier, try using the Burgon & Ball Planting Ruler to ensure you are sowing at the correct distance and the hand turned oak dibber to get the right depth.

3. Clean Your Pots.

Doing this job once now, when your summer planters have finished and you’ve emptied them out and now you’re putting the garden to bed, then when you’re getting everything together again in the Spring will give your plants a fighting chance against root eating bugs and fungus. Use a stiff bristle brush… like the pot brush found on The Growing Obsession to knock out any eggs that may have been laid already, or anything that may fester over the winter.

4. Harness Natural Pest Control.

By encouraging the pest control patrol in your garden, you can kiss goodbye to the undesirable nasties that damage your plants. Lacewings and Ladybirds devour greenfly by the hundreds. By installing bug habitats, or insect hotels as I like to call them, in your garden they will have somewhere to hibernate and get to work straight away in the Spring!

5. Store Your Harvest.

By storing your root veg and potatoes correctly, you will not be disappointed by the time you get to the bottom of the bag. Make sure they are clean and dry before you store them, using the damaged ones straight away as they won’t store (you could blanch then freeze these) and use an appropriate bag… try the Burgon & Ball Roots and Spuds hessian sacks.

 


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Simple Early-Autumn Gardening Jobs

5 Quick Tips (and gift ideas) for Autumn

Not sure about you, but I have definitely noticed a change in the weather. It is definitely feeling more 'bronze' out there. Apples are being harvested all around us and the trees have started to get highlights. Here's The Growing Obsession's advice for some quick jobs, with a couple of gift ideas for the inspiration bank.

1. Collect seeds.

On a dry and still day, choose your seed heads you wish to harvest. Choose a plant that is healthy and where the seed heads look like they are ready to split. Carefully snip off the whole seed head, and put into a clean paper bag, upside down. You will need to leave the seeds to ripen for a while, until they have dried and separated from the seed pod. Give the bag a gentle shake to loosen the seeds and then spread out the contents to clean away any husk from the seed. Make sure you store your seeds in an envelope and write on it! The amount of times I have thought I will remember in summer, then in spring had no clue… try the Burgon & Ball seed saver envelopes.

2. Sow Early Broad Beans.

You can harvest broad beans sown in October as early as May, if your soil conditions are right. By choosing the right variety, such as ‘Aqua Dulce’ and making sure you prep the soil correctly, you will be fine. It will also be worthwhile making sure you have some fleece or a polythene sheet ready for frosts… To make your job a little easier, try using the Burgon & Ball Planting Ruler to ensure you are sowing at the correct distance and the hand turned oak dibber to get the right depth.

3. Clean Your Pots.

Doing this job once now, when your summer planters have finished and you’ve emptied them out and now you’re putting the garden to bed, then when you’re getting everything together again in the Spring will give your plants a fighting chance against root eating bugs and fungus. Use a stiff bristle brush… like the pot brush found on The Growing Obsession to knock out any eggs that may have been laid already, or anything that may fester over the winter.

4. Harness Natural Pest Control.

By encouraging the pest control patrol in your garden, you can kiss goodbye to the undesirable nasties that damage your plants. Lacewings and Ladybirds devour greenfly by the hundreds. By installing bug habitats, or insect hotels as I like to call them, in your garden they will have somewhere to hibernate and get to work straight away in the Spring!

5. Store Your Harvest.

By storing your root veg and potatoes correctly, you will not be disappointed by the time you get to the bottom of the bag. Make sure they are clean and dry before you store them, using the damaged ones straight away as they won’t store (you could blanch then freeze these) and use an appropriate bag… try the Burgon & Ball Roots and Spuds hessian sacks.

 


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