Sow Beans and Grow a Christmas Cactus: 10 Ways to Throw Up Your Garden This Fall | Gardening advice

Fill a planter with colorful flowers

There’s nothing more fun: fill a 20cm pot or a window box with peat-free compost and get started. Fenugreek is my best winter flower: Ashwood Garden Hybrids are available in pink, red, purple, white, yellow and even black. Partner a little Polypodium fern or spicy Carex “Everest” with bright leaves. Undergrowth white or pink Cyclamen coum. Plant everything in a rough triangle, with the larger squint at the back, the carex or fern in one front corner, and the cyclamen in the other.

Sow seeds for winter leaves

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Sunny indoor window sills are excellent properties for growing fresh lettuce leaves. Fill a standard seed tray with peat-free compost and place a water tray under it. Let’s throw the lettuce seeds sparingly on the surface: “Salad Bowl” and Amaze are good, but whatever can be cut and come again kind of right. Sow every three weeks for regular replenishment and remove the outer leaves from each plant, allowing the younger leaves to grow.

Make a dried floral presentation that will last all winter

Jump out now and you’ll find plenty of plant material to make a dried layout. Fallen twigs for structure, grasses for flakes and seed heads for shape. Miscanthus and Cortaderia (pampas) grasses work well with poppy and allium seed heads. Look for wild grass, grass, and wild carrots on the edges, but leave enough for the birds. Some dried flowers retain their color, such as Helichrysum and Persicaria amplexicaulis, or cheat with paint.

Woman a Christmas cactus

Retro miracle Schlumbergera x buckleyi, the real Christmas cactus has smooth-edged segments, not serrated like a relative S truncata, called the Thanksgiving cactus. Both are available in stores or on eBay in red, pink, white and apricot. Easy to care for Schlumbergera not real cacti, but succulents from humid Brazilian forests. Increase near the window, away from direct sunlight and allow the compost to dry before watering. Cut off the stems and place the lower third in compost to grow new plants as a gift.

Make a letter form

Wheelbarrow full of autumn leaves
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Fallen leaves make excellent compost: rake as much as you can – or collect it with a lawn mower, which can help shred harder leaves such as oak. Stack in a compost bin or store in bags with drainage holes to allow the water to drain. In a year, it will become soft, crumbly compost.

Plant witch for hazelnuts smell and color

Fill your winter garden with the color and scent of magic hazelnuts, Hammam x intermediatelarge shrub blooming on bare stem. The flowers of Aphrodite are orange and Goldcrest yellow, both with a strong scent. Ruby Glow doesn’t have much of a scent, replacing it with flowers that do exactly what they promise. Plant in a sunny or partially shaded, sheltered place to protect from the wind and close the odor.

Discard the beans

Broad beans sown outdoors
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This is the last chance to sow the beans outdoors for the spring harvest. Sow the seeds 5 cm deep, 23 cm apart in rows of 30 cm. Cover exposed or colder areas with fur or garden wool. They require little care in the winter and are one of the best ground cover that slows down weeds by blocking the light.

Plant tulip bulbs for spring color eruption

November is the month of tulip planting. I prefer those that bloom reliably every year, such as Spring Green and Negrita. Small T Turkestan it has creamy flowers and will multiply every year, just like fuchsia Little Beauty. Plant three to four times the depth of the onion.

finished pruned apple tree
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Drop apples and pears

While they are asleep, apples and pears should be pruned for a better harvest next year. First cut out dead, damaged, diseased or rubbed branches. Then identify the four to five main branches that form a cup shape, removing the rest and the vertical shoots in the middle. Cut the main branches by a third and cut the long side shoots to 20 cm (the length of the pruning shears).

Plant an edible hedge

It’s time to buy “bare-rooted” cover, plants that sleep in the winter and transport them without pots or compost, so they’re cheaper. Edible plants can be planted in informal hedges so that we and the birds can eat, including: elder (Sambucus nigra), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), dog rose (Rosehip), blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) and crab apples (Malus sylvestris).

10 gardens for winter inspiration

Autumn flowers at RHS Bridgewater, Salford.
Autumn flowers at RHS Bridgewater, Salford. Photo: David Thompson / Alamy

There are still sights in many public gardens, from fall shows to seasonal winter walks

Bodnant, North Wales
The conservatory, planted in 2012, is now full of colorful stems, fluffy grasses and striking bark.
nationaltrust.org.uk

Gray to green system, Sheffield
The new public street afforestation by designers Nigel Dunnett and Zac Tudor is the largest such project in the UK and will also act as a watershed to reduce flooding. greytogreen.org.uk

Pensthorpe Park, Norfolk
The first British public garden by the famous designer Piet Oudolf features winter stems, grasses and seeds.
pensthorpe.com

National Botanic Gardens Wales
Winter flowers and a larger, covered greenhouse offer plenty of attractions all year round.
botanikuskert.wales

RHS Bridgewater, Salford
The RHS’s newest garden features several acres of forest paths and a walled garden full of winter demonstrations.
rhs.org.uk

Horniman Museum, London
This museum in South London is home to a little-known experimental garden with formal beds, new perennial meadows and bushes.
horniman.ac.uk

Lytes dating in Cary Manor, Somerset
In winter, the hedges and structure of the National Trust Garden hold everything together to create intimate spaces.
nationaltrust.org.uk

Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh
The winter light show allows for just as exciting winter planting.
rbge.org.uk

Stourhead, Wiltshire
Even in winter, the fools of Stourhead remain surrounded by a beautiful lake.
nationaltrust.org.uk

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
An ever-changing collection of outdoor sculptures to explore in the winter sky.
ysp.org.uk

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