First job is to clean out the greenhouse providing the tomatoes have finished fruiting, then prepare for winter storage for the tender plants.
This is also the month to get the winter pansies and plant up troughs on the patio. I notice that last year I said I would buy white ones—cannot think why as I much prefer the yellow ones as they seem to glow in the dark days.
Time to begin putting away the garden furniture after cleaning and painting as required. Not that I sat out very much this year, but it will be interesting to see how much extra shadow I am going to experience next year!
Time to harvest any vegetables on my small patch and then winter dig and spread well rotted manure on top.
General tidying up, shortening the roses and clean up the fallen leaves will be some of the odd jobs to do. A friend gave me four cabbage plants, the first that I have grown in this garden, and I have since been entertained by many cabbage white butterflies. I have been able to keep up with their egg laying activities! I had seen six butterflies at one time on a lavender bush recently.
Tip for the month: Be prepared for any early frosts.
Ray Cripps—The Happy Gardener