October Gardening Check List
Updated: Oct 1, 2018
This is one of the most exciting gardening months on the calendar! It is the traditional time to plant tomatoes and vegetables and with the temperate rising all garden plants start to spring to life.
· Feed all roses as they now start their biggest growth period. Also spray them to prevent fungus diseases and pest damage on your blooms.
· Prune back spring flowering shrubs after flowering and remove dead blooms from Rhododendrons
· Feed acid loving plants such as Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons with an acid fertilizer after flowering
· Sow seeds of your favorite flowering annuals directly into the ground such as Alyssum, Marigolds, Cosmos, Nasturtium and Sunflowers. Sow into trays for transplanting later; Carnations, Dahlia, Petunia and Gerberas
· Plant out seedlings of flowering annuals for a cheerful summer display
· Plant perennial and summer flowering bulbs such as Dahlia, Begonia and Calla Lily
· Plant up hanging baskets and terracotta pots with flowers for summer
· Add a layer of mulch around all plants to conserve moisture and check that your watering systems are working
· Repot houseplants if you haven’t already done so, including Orchids after flowering
· Increase watering of all plants in containers or pots as the weather warms up.
Tip: Marigold's keep away Mosquitoes
· Sow your favorites such as Beans, Peas, Carrots, Radish, Beetroot and Spinach. Eggplant, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Courgettes, Peppers, Pumpkin and Tomatoes can be sown now into trays or directly into the ground
· Transplant any vegetable seedlings from trays into your garden. Prepare the soil by digging in generous amounts of compost and a dressing of fertilizer
· Control slugs and snails with kid and pet friendly pellets
· Plant Passionfruit, Rhubarb and Tamarillos
· Feed all citrus trees with fertilizer
· Spray Potatoes, fruit trees, Grape vines and vegetable plants with a Cooper Oxychloride spray to prevent fungus diseases. Spray citrus trees just before blossoms burst open
· Dust Cabbage and Cauliflowers with Derris Dust to prevent white butterfly caterpillar
· Plant new herb plants, including Parsley so that new plants are established before existing plants go to seed
· Spray lawns now to kill broad leaf and prickles and add fertilizer for pickle free lush lawns this summer