The first frost are here. Gardening through Autumn.

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The first frosts have arrived and most mornings now the greenhouse is opaque and the lawn sparkles. It’s cold enough to nip your fingers in the morning now and by evening you can blow clouds with your breath. Not exactly outdoor weather but there is still work to be done in the garden to get it ready for winter. I know, it sucks!

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Some of the plants and trees have started dropping their gorgeous, deep coloured leaves meaning there is always plenty of tidying to be done. One of which is the neighbour’s eucalyptus tree which drives Kate insane. Don’t get me wrong it’s a lovely tree and our neighbours look after it but the leaves are a funny shape and just defy being swept up. You can go over and over the patio but guaranteed Kate will still end up picking up all those leaves individually. Sneaky little sods.

Kate doesn’t swear often but those leaves bring out the evil, super villain in her. I swear I’ve heard her cackle as she dumps them in the compost bin.

It’s time to start protecting the more vulnerable plants and battening down the hatches as well. Our back garden is slap bang in the middle of a huge wind corridor so every year it takes a hammering and I usually lose at least one panel from the greenhouse. That means the gaffa tape comes out. At least this year I had some fun tape to use (it has hedgehogs on).

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Now that the greenhouse has had a tidy and the panels are taped I’ve brought the dahlias in. We cut them right back to soil level once they began to die back and now that they’re in the greenhouse, they are protected from the frost and can dry out over the winter ready for next year.

One of the other jobs to do has been to prune back the Heather and the gladioli. With the gladioli, you want to cut them down to almost ground level once they’ve finished flowering to stop them putting energy into making seeds, instead it goes into the bulb for the next year.

So a couple of hours in the garden and we’re getting set for winter.

The next job will be to get the compost into the veggie beds to get their nutrients replaced .

Even in the poor weather, work doesn’t stop in the garden.

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