Don’t stop gardening in autumn and winter

We’re big on encouraging the elderly, who are able, to get out and do some gardening, especially during the recent pandemic when we’re spending more time at home.

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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean gardening has to be. It can continue well into autumn and winter and there’s lots to be getting on with.

Getting out into the daylight and fresh air, despite it being chillier, is great for our mental health and particularly anyone who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

There are many shrubs that can add interest to your garden at this time of year. They provide colourful flowers and foliage. Plant up some winter flowering pansies, heather, jasmine and Skimmia japonica (Japanese skimmia) to give your garden structure and greenery.

You can also grow winter crops such as kale and spinach, as well as planting onions and garlic now. If you’d rather stay in the warmth of your home, then grow cress, basil or chillies and many other herbs on your windowsill.

Don’t forget the wildlife too, there’s lots to see at this time of year. Keep the birds well fed with feeders and fat balls and watch them come and go. You should also look out for hedgehogs too. Read our tips on creating a hedgehog-friendly garden here.

It’s also a great time to start planning ahead and think about what you’d like to see flowering early next year and into spring.

Plant up daffodils, tulips, crocus, snowdrops, hyacinths, and alliums now for a whole host of colour come early 2021.

You can read more of our blog posts on gardening and jobs you can be doing now here.