The Church Minshull Community Website

Village Arena

Tucking up the garden

Home » News » Tucking up the garden
Watering Cans
Tucking up the garden

Ah Autumn. The time of mellow fruitfulness and pumpkins! While we haven't had anywhere near a proper frost and quite honestly our lovely village has been spared the worst of the wild wind and flooding, now is the moment, dear fellow gardeners, to plant perennials into the warm soil before all is too wet and the earth turns hard as iron.

I am planting some rather lovely peonies and sedum, which has changed its botanical name to the rather long winded hylotelephium. I can't see it catching on in all honesty! Take care where you plant your diva's mind you, as once they are in, they do rather hate being moved.

Whilst I am sure you've all been planting out your favourite daffodil bulbs, patience is required for your tulips. If you wait until we have had our first hard frost, all the things that can destroy your bulbs will have been killed themselves by the cold. Ideally, dahlia's too need to be blackened before they are lifted. A top tip is to label them now before you are unable to tell which vareity they are because all their flowers are gone ( a lesson I learnt the hard way last year).

I might have been waxing lyrical about plants earlier in the garden musing year but right now it's all about tucking up and taking care of your soil. There is such a mix of soils around the village so rather describe the specifics about managing my clay, what I will say is "stay off your soil!". Any soil is at risk of compaction and crushing the structure means it basically cannot function because it cannot breathe. And rather than curse the leaves that are falling, whizz them up with your lawn mower. They make the most excellent compost when left over the winter and don't take my word for it. I followed the great Monty Don's advice last year and was delighted with the results.

I am a big fan of mulching. So just in case we're faced with another bitter cold winter, make sure your favourite plants have a layer of warming mature to keep them warm and dry.

Oh, and is anyone up for a garden open day next year? Let me know if you are. I do adore having mooch around to see what everyone else is growing.

Learn more about Kathryn's wild garden style floristry at fierceblooms.com

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Minsch-O-lympic Logo
Arena Webteam: Thu 21 Nov 10:00am

Its a long way to Tokyo!To be an Olympian is a long hard road requiring years of dedication, hard work and sacrifice.BUT you don't have to do all that; the Minsh-O-Lympics are coming.Saturday 14th March 2020 is the date for your diary.All you need to do for now is start to get your team together (6 people and a variety of ages) and decide which country you want to represent. Costume...

flood-1504
PC Representatives: Tue 19 Nov 5:04pm

Flooding in the VillageFollowing the flooding that has occurred over the last month in the village and the discussions at the recent parish council meeting, councillors agreed to engage with Cheshire East, our local councillor Sarah Pochin and the Environment Agency to investigate whether there are any issues with regard to drainage layout and management of excessive water...

magic1
Sam Lewis: Tue 19 Nov 2:35pm

Magic: The Gathering (for beginners) Please click HERE for Sam Lewis' Blog about "Magic: The Gathering" card gameSam Lewis 19 November...

WorlestonMinshull VernonWorleston