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Gardening Calender a month by month guide.

What to do in October

Autumn sow sweet peas

Protect tender plants

Sow Onions, Garlic and Broad beans

 lots more on the October Calendar Page

Best Shrubs and Plants for October

Plant a Sedum

 Sedums are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and pollinators. Just to illustrate the point here is a short 2mins 30 video showing Sedum covered in various pollinators, including these butterflies dancing on the flowers.

The white Sedums show off the insects and Sedum are so easy to grow and propagate. 


Good for late summer and early autumn colour, Clematis tangutica variety Bill Mackenzie has nodding yellow flowers which are followed by fluffy seed heads attractive through early autumn.

This variety of Clematis is vigorous, and Group 3 pruning group.

Help the Hedgehog

It is estimated that UK hedgehog numbers have dropped by 95% since the 1950s. In October/ November, depending on the weather, they will hibernate and it is vital for survival that Hedgehogs have enough fat to get it through winter. To help them put out food.  You can buy specialist hedgehog food from wildlife food suppliers, alternatively leave out tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. More ideas on feeding Hedgehogs

Autum planting veg

Plant Onions, garlic and broad beans in the autumn for an earlier crop next year.

The growing conditions need to be good, the soil free draining and not waterlogged. It is best to buy Autumn varieties suitable and named as autumn planting varieties, and they can be planted throughout October.

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

Easy to grow Spring and Summer flowering plants, advice as to the best climbing and scented plants.

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for the Best Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast-growing shrubs.

bee on sedum

Advice on plants to attract bees and butterflies into your garden. Check out the 10 Best wildlife friendly plants and shrubs.

tomatoes on the vine ripening

How to grow your own veg, including growing from seed and the best veg for growing in containers.

toms in hanging basket

A month by month guide with advice and top tips what to do in the garden each month. Seasonal monthly advice in the Sunday Gardener's Newsletter.

ducks on garden pond

An easy step-by-step guide with illustrations on how to build a pond, choosing a pond liner, and attracting wildlife to your pond.

gardening tips

Pages of gardening tips including how to get rid of slugs and snails, what does frost hardy mean, when to use the Chelsea Chop and much more.

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Regular posts with gardening chat on the Sunday Gardener's award-winning blog, including visitors' questions.

Last updated 06.10.2020