Getting Ready for 2021 - Ferdinand's Checklist
As a patchy-knowledge gardener I am doing a lot of things for the first time in my garden inherited last year, and I don't want to miss any preparations now that will help next year.
This is my list of jobs I *hope* to do. I've been collecting bits and pieces as I have thought of them. It's mainly obvious things (I hope) that I need to have in place not to miss the timing in the spring, as I did this year.
I would really appreciate if anyone could point out anything that is horribly at the wrong time.
** Now to Before first frost
- Compost - 1st 0.6 cubic m compost bin in place and full. May need another.
- Leaf Mould - dumpy bags ready front and rear.
- Buy + plant bulbs
- Make huge rampant redcurrant a bit smaller, and goblet shape. Take out old wood now. Prune remaining branches back in spring.
- Trim back bamboo clump.
- Tie up escaped blackberry branches to framework.
- Get small leanto greenhouse (?). Already have tomato house, conservatory and cold frame. May not need it.
- Reduce watering to just keep soil damp and stop feeding containers from approx start Nov to mid Feb.
- Reshape 4 x old apple + pear trees into smaller size by pruning - before first frost or after last frost. Most of it is branches which have gone too far out of the shape I want. Target is to keep heights at about 3-4m max.
- Renovate raised beds. Largely cosmetic improvement by cladding in half-round timber.
- Build framework (ie 1.8m tall post and rail fence) 300mm inside front wall to allow Pyracantha to scramble to 1.8m for privacy.
- Repoint 14m West-facing stone wall ready for fruit cordons next year. (Too ambitious?)
- Proper review of soft fruit bushes + prune.
- Plants and seeds and things.
- Think about boundary treatment wrt wind.
** At indeterminate time
- Draw up plan of garden with existing structure and planting to help thinking.
Thanks everso much for any help.
(Trying to avoid howlers)
“Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”