Top ten autumn gardening tips from Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen

  1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and flower beds, add to compost heap or put in black bags, leave for 12 months to make leaf mould (excellent for adding nutrients as a mulch).
  2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging or if possible bring into un-heated greenhouse/conservatory.
  3. Plant bulbs for a spring display next year, you will be rewarded next year with the extra burst of colour.
  4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock, ideally to a third of their height even if still in flower (use the flowers in the house/give to your wife!)
  5. Plant out winter bedding if soil isn’t too wet.
  6. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubble wrap works well, fleece or again if possible move pots to a frost free area or greenhouse.
  7. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden.
  8. Trim deciduous hedges such as beech. The juvenile foliage will turn brown and remain on the hedge all winter creating a good screen.
  9. Raise the height of your lawn mower, grass will be growing slower.
  10. Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting.

For more information about Trewithen visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk

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Upcoming Events

  • Day trip by coach

    The Toby Buckland Garden Festival

    Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter. EX6 8JQ

    For our first coach trip of 2017, we are visiting the fourth Toby Buckland Garden Festival held in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle. This is a diverse and quality show both in terms of exhibitors and entertainment. 2016 saw a total of 187 exhibitors displaying a wide range of plants, garden sundries, crafts and more. There will be specialist talks by well-known gardening personalities on all manner of horticultural topics and we can look forward to a superb range of local foods to satisfy all tastes. Do wear comfortable shoes!

    The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.

  • Self-drive visit

    National Trust Trengwainton  

    Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ 
     
    We are invited to view our Lord Lieutenant’s private garden. At this time of year, its magnificent Primula, spring shrubs and Magnolia will be a delight. After a short talk about the Bolitho family and its history, we will enjoy a private visit to Trengwainton itself, which will be closed to the public, for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the Head Gardener. This will be a rare treat and provide us with an opportunity to see the glass houses and learn about the rejuvenation programme that has been put in place following recent storm damage. The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.