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Preparing the Garden for Winter

Autumn is well and truly upon us and brings with it (hopefully) enough dry weather to prepare the garden in time for winter.  Here are some tips on how to make the best use of this time of year:

If you save rainwater for watering plants, empty water butts during October and clean them thoroughly. Scrub the inside to remove any algae then rinse out with disinfectant followed by plain water. By doing this now, there’s plenty of time for natural rainwater to refill the butts before the next plant-watering season.  Always cover water butts with lids to keep stored water clean.  As an extra precaution, especially for rainwater that you’ll use for watering fragile seedlings in the spring, use a biological additive.


Check the state of the roofing felt on top of the shed. To prevent rotten wood, repair or replace the felt where necessary. Choose a dry weekend to paint all exposed timber, including fencing and decking, with a suitable wood-preservative product.

By October, the days become shorter, and natural light is at a premium.  A bit of scrubbing with some hot water will bring the glass of your greenhouse up sparkling clean.  Pay attention to gutters where trapped leaves will prevent rain water escaping from the roof of your greenhouse. Use this opportunity to replace any broken or damaged glass as well.

Use a leaf blower from SGS to remove leaves from lawns, paths and vegetable patches.  Considering using damp fallen leaves to make compost.

Do you have any autumn gardening tips?  I would love to hear them in the comments.

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