The garden may be winding down in autumn, but there are still plenty of key jobs to do.
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Here are our top 10 tasks to crack on with in autumn – get these done and you'll be set for winter, and the following gardening year.
Apples are ripe and ready for picking when the first windfalls appear on the ground or the fruit on branches comes away easily when lifted and given a gentle twist. Watch our video guide to picking apples. Not all are good to eat straightaway so store them - some need time for their flavour to develop.
Overwinter bedding plants
Many bedding plants are treated as annuals and can be composted. Alternatively, trim back all stems to 10cm. Remove plants from their pots, shake off excess soil, then pack the crowns into trays filled with moist, peat-free multi purpose, keeping the tops above the surface. Put them in a frost-free but light spot, watering occasionally.
Autumn is a great time to divide perennials. Target plants with crowns that have died in the centre. Divide them by driving two forks into the clump and levering the handles together. Replant the most vigorous pieces into soil, freshened with a couple of handfuls of compost.
Ripen a pumpkin
Ripen pumpkins in a sunny, frost-free place such as a porch or greenhouse. Harvest with 15cm of stem attached. Turn occasionally to expose all the skin to the light. After a few weeks the skin will go hard and the stem will fall away, sealing the stalk for winter storage.