HIHS On Line Magazine: October 2017

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Sorbus aucuparia 'Aspleniifolia'
Care For Your Tools
Autumn Time Saver
All Year Interest
Ripening Green Tomatoes
Time To Plant Rhubarb
Dig Over The Vegetable Plot
Hedgehogs the Gardeners Friend
Autumn Bonfires
Autumn Wordsearch
Apple Day and Festivals

Home Page Photo:
Sorbus aucuparia 'Aspleniifolia'

Sorbus aucuparia 'Aspleniifolia' is an upright medium size tree,
with a neat outline ideal in tight spaces
or where height but not spread is required.

In autumn the clusters of orangey-red berries are a favourite for birds and the foliage turns into a colourful display.

Link for: horticultural advice.

Care For Your Tools

Look after your tools and they will look after you.
Clean, sharp tools work better and make life easer but please
take care, as the RoSPA report that the highest incidence
of gardening accidents are people cutting themselves
whilst cleaning/sharpening the blades of gardening tools.

Every time after use, clean and wipe with oil.
Boiled Linseed oil keeps wood handles in trim.
Store in a dry location to prevent rust.
Regularly remove and sharpen blades.

In spring:
Renew spark plug, oil and filter of motorised tools.
Renew the rotary mower blade if worn.
Check cable connections of electrical tools for integrity.

Link to BBC Gardening Guide: Caring for tools.

Autumn Time Saver

Use the lawn mower to clear fallen leaves from the lawn.
Set the blades high and mow weekly.
It chops the leaves and integrates with grass clippings,
ensuring they will rot down quickly into leaf mould.
Add urine to the heap to further speed decomposition.

All Year Interest

Aucuba Japonica 'Crotonifolia' is a tough evergreen shrub,
with variegated leaves offering all round interest.

A compact shrub tolerating full shade and sea winds.
Can be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings.
'Crotonifolia' carries red berries in autumn.

Ripening Green Tomatoes

As long as the tomatoes are a good size and desease free,
you can encourage them to go red by,
placing in a box with a ripe banana
and storing in a warm location.

Ensure the tomatoes are not touching.
and check every few days.

The ethylene given off by a ripe banana,
can also speed ripening of harvested fruits.

Link to RHS webpage Tomatoes: fruit ripening problems.

Time To Plant Rhubarb

Now is the time to plant Rhubarb crowns.

Choose an open, sunny site with moist but free-draining soil.
Place 1 meter (3 foot) apart. Avoid frost pockets.

Rhubarb roots penetrate deeply so dig well down
and generously add manure and compost.


Timperley Early AGM - Thick stems, early, high yield.
Bred for forcing, although performs well outsid.

Stockbridge Arrow - Long, thick stems cardinal red colour.
One of the best modern rhubarb varieties.

Victoria - Late type with heavy yields.
Traditional variety producing a heavy crop, year after year.

Hawke's Champagne AGM - High yield compact plants.
Bright red, medium length, uniform stems.

Cawood Delight - A late performer extending the season.

Link to RHS Growing Advice.

Dig Over The Vegetable Plot

green manure
Time for digging over vacant areas of the vegetable plot.

Winter's frosts improves soil structure by breaking down,
the large clumps into crumbly particles.

Consider planting a green manure to over winter.

Take this link to an RHS video giving guidance:
Leafy crops to further improve the soil.

Hedgehogs the Gardeners Friend

Hedgehogs tend to hibernate between November and mid-March.

They may choose a stack of leaves or branches in your garden,
or under a shed, hedge or brushwood.

Leave wild areas and avoid ‘tidying up’ too much.

Take care when turning over the compost heap as
a hedgehog may be sheltering or hibernating in it.

BBC Nature videos.
British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Autumn Bonfires

Build your bonfire on the day of burning
so there's less chance of hedgehogs and toads
being caught up in the blaze.

Bonfires are an efficient way to burn diseased elements.
Link to RHS advice on: Disposing of diseased material.

Havant Borough Council offer this advice on bonfire safety:
Consider alternative means of disposal.
Build 18 metres away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds.
If necessary use domestic firelighters, never other flammable liquids.
Never put used fireworks, aerosols, foam-filled furniture,
batteries, tins of paint or tyres on a bonfire.

Autumn Wordsearch

Here is a wordsearch with an autumn theme containing
20 elements relating to this time of year.

Bring up wordsearch image to print.

Apple Day and Festivals

October 21st is National Apple Day offering
a chance to taste those endangered heritage apples
at events organised during the month.

Link: RHS Taste of Autumn Festivals.

Link: National Trust Apple Days.
Open pdf: Apple Days With Sparsholt's Collection.

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