Letters from the garden
We are clearing the last of the leaves in a lot of gardens, others will take another couple of weeks, but I think there is some pretty good mulch happening for next year now.
We have already started on the winter jobs, digging borders over, dividing plants where necessary and creating new beds and borders for clients, as a gardener this time of year is good because you are able to plan how the garden looks for next year, if you put time in now and just tweak those areas your not sure about or want to try something new, now is that time. Between November and February is when we develop the gardens it really does serve well for the spring when everything just bursts with energy.
Jobs we are doing now leaf clearing including gutters, ready for the Christmas lights! Hedge cutting, making sure pots are done for winter and spring, lifting pots off the ground where possible, pressure washing patios, steps etc. mulching beds and borders once digging and dividing is done, Prune roses down now to stop wind rock. Any bulb planting that hasn’t been done and any general tree and shrub planting that is needed over winter. Cover vegetables if needed and if you are lucky enough to have vegetable area, and cloche herbs if tender.
If you need help over winter please call, we would love to help.
Keep warm and enjoy the garden.
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business