October '23 in the Garden

There’s plenty to be getting on with this month in the garden, despite the clocks going back in the UK. Dig It’s Peter Brown and Chris Day help to put some of the garden to bed, plant spring bulbs and get border prepared. There’s the usual round-up of topical news from the world of gardening as well as a few important diary dates if you’re planning to get out and about this month.

What’s on

Sunday 1st October, 10am-4pm, The second day of our Apple Weekend event at the Garden Centre and we will be joined by top apple fruit identification expert Gerry Edwards, apple pressing featuring The Mid-Shire Orchard Group, Garden Organics with Chris Collins, and the local wildlife trust.

Sunday 8th October Orchard Open Day at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, 10am - 4pm.

Thursday, 12th October Ryton Demonstration Garden Tour 10:00am - 11.15am at Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, Coventry. https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events/ryton-garden-tour-12oct

Tuesday 17 October Horatio's Garden Stoke Mandeville (National Spinal Injuries Centre), designed by Joe Swift. Private Tour in aide of the Horatio's Garden Charity, 10.00-11.30am. Booking is essential.

All October Looking for local gardens to you for autumn colour then check out the Great British Gardens website

Dig it Top 5 Hedging Plants As next month we officially start the hedging season, here’s a reminder of our top sellers last season Top seller at No 1. Quickthorn 2. Hornbeam 3. Green Beech 4. Photinia Red Robin 5. Green Privet.


The world’s oldest gardening magazine Amateur Gardening magazine closes after 139 years.

Interflora and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust join forces to introduce a bee-friendly Beequet!

Top chef Raymond Blanc continues his passion for growing and preserving many of the Heirloom veggies from Garden Organics at his Oxfordshire restaurant.

The new RHS Urban Plant Show is set to open at the Depot Mayfield in Manchester on the 18th-21st April 2024.

Reduced peat growing of UK houseplants.

Nursery growing peat-free houseplants from seed.

Be more sustainable by taking cuttings from your own plants says Tony Le Britton.

Sculpture garden scoops top accolade.

First sensory garden for pets opens in Devon.

New study on growing homegrown food is looking for volunteers to help with research. To take part, contact urbanharvest@sheffield.ac.uk

Teenager finds seed from world’s largest bean pod on beach.

Plants mentioned: Holly (Ilex), Potatoes, Tomato, Catnip, Plant garlic (available instore), Stocks, Winter hardy Pansies and Violas, 6-pack Wallflowers, Fuchsias, Pelargonium (geraniums), Alliums, Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips. Indoor Hyacinths and Amaryllis planting time. Nature Love’ colour themed bulb packs. Primrose and mini cyclamen for centre bowl planting.

Products mentioned: Compost bins, Vitax Greenhouse Fumigator (Insecticide smoke for greenhouses) and greenhouse disinfectant. Horticultural fleece for winter protection. Larger plant labels.

Our special thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for supplying the music.

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