The garden is fading fast, practice recycling with your garden waste. Chop up any faded bedding plants, annuals and old crops and add to the compost bin. If you do not have a compost bin then perhaps think of having a small bin in a corner and I would recommend one with a tray and an access door at the base. Collect fallen leaves and place in bin bags and leave to decompose into leaf mould remembering to make some holes in the bottom of the bags or add them to your compost.
Now is a great time to put up new restraining wires and repair fences when they are free of foliage. It’s not too late to plant a new rose at the base of the fence remembering to plant it angled towards the fence with plenty of good compost. David Austin Roses have a wonderful web site with all the information you could possibly want and a fantastic array of roses for all possible sites.
Protect your outdoor garden furniture with waterproof covers if you cannot take it in over winter. Also, insulate outdoor taps and pipes, wrap venerable pots with bubble wrap or hessian and protect any tender plants.
Give your birdfeeders a good clean by dismantling them and washing thoroughly in warm soapy water with a touch of bleach. Dirty birdfeeders can cause some nasty problems to the birds you are trying to help. The other wildlife in the garden would love a bug house in a corner of your garden again the internet can help with your design.
Snuggle up and enjoy the end of autumn,
The Tidy Gardener