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OCTOBER IN THE GARDEN

OCTOBER IN THE GARDEN

OCTOBER IN THE GARDEN

Great Gardening Advice from Orla Twomey, Horticulturalist at Bandon Co-op Enniskeane

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Bulbs

Plant spring flowering bulbs now. There are bulbs to bring you all the way from January through to June. Layering different types of bulbs in large pots is a great way to provide interest for several months. Always start with the largest bulb at the bottom. For example, starting about half way down the pot place some tulip bulbs, cover with a couple of inches of good gritty compost. Follow with a layer of narcissi bulbs and finish with a layer of crocus. This combination will flower from February through to may. You’ll find a lovely selection of West Cork Bulbs in our stores now.

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Soil Renew

Rejuvenate tired soil with this extraordinary product. It contains organic plant matter and a complete ecosystem of microorganisms which create increased humus in the soil. One 3kg bucket is equal to one tonne of well-rotted farmyard manure!

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Symphoricarpos ‘Magical Pink’

I am all about the berries at this time of the year! They can range from rose hips to crab apples, but one thing’s for sure, they add a fantastic dimension to the autumn garden. Symphoricarpos ‘Magical Pink’ or snowberry, smothered in clusters of pink berries, is looking particularly pretty at the moment. It will grow happily in full sun to partial shade and most soil types. Reaching a height and spread of 1.5m in about 10 years. The flowers in summer are tiny but scented and loved by bees. Prune in March/April.

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Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai

I have a huge interest in growing cut flowers and was excited to see this publication hit the selves last year. The author and owner of Floret Farm, Erin, has been championing local and seasonal cut flowers for many years. And finally, she has written a “how to” book perfect for beginners and experts. The book is filled with beautiful images with information and tips on how to create a productive cut flower garden. Guiding you right through the year from winter to Autumn. A must for any keen gardener.

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33% off Trees

Now is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. We have a fantastic offer of 33% off all trees including fruit trees until 21st October. Come in and talk to us about tree choices for your garden.

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