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Rooko's October Top 10 Tryouts And Tips!!

1. October is usually the best time to prune Climbing Roses cutting away any dead wood at the same time.

2. Sowing any/some of the following for overwintering in milder climates can be done in October. (Broadbeans, Round seeded Peas, Carrots, Winter greens, Onions). Some cloche protection may be required. Planting of Spring flowering bulbs can also be done in October.

3. Planting fruit trees/bushes should be done at this time of the year. Add plenty of organic material to the planting area prior to planting.

4. If you are harvesting your Cabbages for storage, check them for slugs hiding in the leaves. Rinsing the Cabbages with salt water should remove any slugs but ensure the Cabbages are dry before storing them in a cool place.

5. Rhubarb can be lifted and divided in October keeping root damage down to a minimum.

6. Remove yellowing/diseased leaves from Brussels Sprouts and check the heads of the plants for any caterpillars lurking within the younger leaves.

7. Have your Beans stopped production? Cut the stems off just above ground level and compost the foliage. Leave the roots in the ground over Winter to release their Nitrogen into the soil as they rot down.

8. Mulching around shrubs and border plants is a good idea in October. The mulch will help to keep nutrients in the soil over the Winter months.

9. Dig over empty vegetable beds (October/November) adding well rotted organic materials as you go along.

10. Start the process of cleaning out pots and trays ready for later use. Disinfect them at the same time using seed and plant friendly disinfectants. Ensure the pots and trays are dry before storing them.

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