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October Gardening Tips

Jobs in the garden for October. Suppled by Perfect Plants Ltd: 

This is actually one of the busiest months of the year outside. Why?

  • Firstly, if you glance skywards you will notice many beautiful, swirling cornflakes wafting from the trees in shades of red, orange and yellow. They look and feel wonderful… to start with. Then they become slimy underfoot and most people spend a lot of time with a broom (or vacuum) during this changeable month. Leave some on the flowerbeds though – they keep the soil warm and provide hidey holes for bugs.

  • Cut back perennials that have given you their best over the summer. Lift and divide those that you want to replant in different spots. Always leave some with seedheads for birds and small mammals during the winter though.

  • Lift tubers such as Dahlias. Remove foliage; dry them thoroughly and store them in a frost-free environment over winter.

  • Get planting! Pop in some spring flowering bulbs such as Narcissi, Daffodils, Alliums, Crocuses and Tulips. You can look forward to a bright future.

  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs and roses. It’s an inexpensive way to buy new plants.

  • Plant hardy perennials – Clematis do particularly well at this time of year.

  • Plant Wallflowers and other spring bedding such as Primulas and Pansies/Violas.

  • Cover any tender plants with horticultural fleece and move others into a greenhouse or conservatory.

  • Raise your mower cutter to a higher setting and prepare for your final cut of the year! You can tidy lawn edges; repair holes in the lawns and even make new lawns this month.

  • Ensure your garden pond is netted in order to keep most of the leaves out.

  • Give evergreen hedges a final trim and they will stay looking neat and tidy all winter.

  • Continue to harvest fruit such as apples and pears. Also vegetables including peas and beans.

  • Plant out spring cabbages.

  • Plant garlic and onions sets now.

  • Celebrate Halloween! Its origins mark the transition through to the darker months of the year. But let’s not dwell on dark thoughts, it’s a great opportunity to light up your life with a wonderful lantern.

  •  Available from

Ghoul terracotta lantern   Liquidambar       Pumpkin

  • What a fab evening with the Hook Gardening Club.

    Many thanks for inviting me to talk about spring propagation opportunities.

    I hope that you enjoyed the tips and ideas and can follow some of them through . Happy Gardening  – Graham Porter

  • Very friendly gardening club

    Interesting and informative monthly meetings with excellent guest speakers. Super raffle prizes and refreshments. Everyone welcome, it’s a very enjoyable evening, open to all. – Lesley S

  • Hook Gardening Club is friendly and welcoming.

    The programme of speakers varied and interesting.  There is also an excellent raffle with superb prizes. But the key thing is the way they welcome each and every new visitor.  Recommended. – Doug Stewart

  • Would highly recommend Hook gardening club…

    …to anyone who has not been before. You’ll find a friendly and informative group of like minded people with an interesting programme of speakers – Samantha S

  • Wot a friendly welcome we received.

    So enjoyable and informative all members share and advice keep up the great work and thanks – Marie H

  • A great local gardening club…

    ….that gives everyone a warm welcome and offers an interesting range of speakers and events. I look forward to returning – Michael Myers

  • A very nice, welcoming and friendly gardening club,

    with a great variety of speakers. If you haven’t been, then I highly recommend it  – Paul Rolph

  • I have attended Hook Gardening Club on quite a few occasions over the last few years…

    …as a speaker and guest. I have found the club to be very organised, friendly and always a warm welcome, also good varied raffle prizes easy parking and a good variety of speakers, well worth a visit – Gill Tomkinson

  • Had a great evening when I talked at the Hook Gardening Club.

    Really friendly members and all very well organised. – Martin Fish

  • Well organised Club and lovely group – John Stirland

  • I had a great time at Hook Gardening Club last year!

    The audience were welcoming,  enthusiastic and knowledgeable  and there were  lots of questions after the talk and Justine’s mum even baked me a cake to take home!  The raffle had some first rate prizes – I believe one was a good specimen of Hamamelis mollis in full flower donated by Henley’s Nursery – Peter Williams

  • A great little gardening club with some amazing speakers.

    Just pop along and join in – you don’t have to be the best gardener in the world but you can be assured of an interesting time, great speakers and some great raffle prizes. Give it a try!  –  Judy Popley

  • If you live anywhere near this companionable gardening club, I do not hesitate to recommend it.

    I have been giving talks, about how to fit your garden into your lifestyle, for about 3 years now and had a lovely evening with the Hook Gardening Club recently, when I gave the first talk for 2018, back in January. The evening was well attended by very friendly and knowledgeable people who gave me a much appreciated welcome.
    Having attended many such groups by now, I can safely say that the Hook Gardening Club stands out for its ability to make visitors and members alike feel at ease, friendly people and interesting talks (not that I’m biaised, of course!)  – Sally Tierney