Bulbs glorious bulbs. Now is the time to buy and plant bulbs for spring displays. Life might not be back to normal but at least we can add some colour and enjoyment to our gardens. Why not think about adding some pots of winter colour, such as heathers, pansies, violas and cyclamen.
All the overgrown clumps of herbaceous perennials that you have been saying this summer need to be split, now is the time to do it, as the plants are dying down for the winter. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to do them all, some can wait until the spring.
Cut back asparagus foliage as it yellows and dies. Harvest pumpkins and squashes before the first frosts. Plant autumn onion sets and garlic. Apply grease bands to fruit trees to protect them from winter moth. Sow batches of broad beans and peas for early cropping next year. Cut fruited stems of blackberries and autumn raspberries down to the ground. Net ponds to prevent autumn leaves falling in.
Regularly rake and clear fallen leaves off lawns. Complete scarifying, aeration and topdressing. This month is a good month for laying turf if it hasn’t turned too cold.