What's On in October
3 Oct: "What is Bonsai all about?" Online demonstration and talk by Peter Chan, a master of bonsai. 6pm to 7pm via Zoom. Kew Mutual Improvement Society. Tickets £3.
10 Oct: "Trowel and error" Alan Titchmarsh MBE. 6pm to 7pm via Zoom. Kew Mutual Improvement Society. Tickets £10.
13 Oct: "Trees a Cut Above the Rest" a talk by Tony Kirkham MBE. 7pm to 9:30pm via Zoom. Plant Heritage. Tickets £5.
16 Oct: "Iford Manor Garden" a talk by Troy Scott-Smith. 2pm. Norfolk Plant Heritage. Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL
31 Oct: "Conservation of Costa Rican orchids / A visit to Florida, land of flowers" 6pm to 7pm via Zoom. Kew Mutual Improvement Society. Tickets £3.
Garden Tasks for October
Lift tubers that will be harmed by frost, including Cannas
Lift and pot up tender perennials, to protect them over winter.
If you haven't already, take in any houseplants/conservatory plants that have outside.
Wrap fleece or straw around large tender perennials, such as banana plants.
Plant evergreen shrubs and conifer hedges while the soil is still warm.
Divide herbaceous perennials.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs
Remove pot saucers to prevent waterlogging over winter.
Collect seed from perennials.
This is a good time to take hardwood cuttings and cuttings of woody herbs such as rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) and lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora).