October can often feel like a quiet month in the garden.
With lower temperatures, shorter days and fallen leaves, it seems the garden is putting itself to bed for the winter. However, our October classes proved that there is still plenty to be done!
We covered those routine jobs that will help to keep the garden looking its best over winter and into spring. Pruning and tidying are the order of the day: many plants benefit from a good pruning after they finish flowering, while picking up leaves can help the lawn to stay green and healthy when sunshine is in short supply.
With an eye on next year, it's also a fantastic time to think about bulbs. While some, such as tulips, will benefit from being planted later in the season, there are many that can be planted now ready to fill the garden with colour over winter and well into spring.
We covered bulb planting techniques and how to get the most from your bulbs. The most common complaint I hear about bulbs is that, once they have finished, they can look very sorry for themselves – narcissi are particularly known for this! The answer is successional planting. Whether you're putting bulbs in the borders or creating a display in a planter, having something new to begin its display after the previous plant has faded is a great way to keep your garden looking good for many months.
I started gardening aged three, helping my father in our family garden. My passion has 'grown' from this point onwards.