Autumn Garden – One season finishes and another starts – Exciting garden tasks

Autumn Garden with arched bridge over calm lake in japanese park

The Autumn Garden.

One season finishes, and another starts. The next season will be with us before we know it, and unless we have planned our tasks, we may push the wheelbarrow longer than required.  

The external temperature has changed, heading downwards on the thermometer. Trackpants replacing work-shorts. The change of season brings a new period within the garden that we, as gardeners, need to consider.

We now need to consider Autumn jobs and tasks in the garden before winter brings shorter daylight hours. Now daylight saving a distant memory.

I started planning by walking around the garden, listing the many multiple jobs and tasks that need attending. Some tasks routine for the time of year, while others are ongoing regardless of the season, and if you have put work into new garden development, others may be brand new tasks.

One of my tasks is new plantings in freshly dug parts of the garden. But firstly, I want to research the new plants, making sure the correct position within the garden environment. Many garden centres websites have great data on plants from height to width to sunlight requirements and multiple other data on the individual plant. It’s best locating a garden website in your location.

My plan is to develop additional potential garden areas and roster tasks like clearing rubbish and accumulated debris, as well as digging and anything else needing attention. All these tasks worked in with the day job, weather and family responsibilities in the mix, and I do not mean the garden mix!

Writing this article helps me in the planning process of my garden and getting my thought process correct.

Let’s start with the tidy-up tasks:

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Tidy Autumn Garden Tasks

  • Clear weeds.
  • Apply or top-up mulch to garden, where required.
  • Cut back perennials, bushes and plants that need a tidy.
  • Cut back dead wood from trees and plants.
  • Prune hedges and tidy before winter.
  • Dig up summer bulbs if required and store them in an airy container.
  • Start planning on digging new gardens when the soil softens after a bit of rain.
  • Looks for vines or other growth that may invade your garden and remove them.
  • In all cases, dispose of weeds, vines and dead wood in a garden bag and remove it from the property by a garden waste company is best. Alternatively, take to refuse tip.
  • Clean and disinfect tools and pots remove any trace of bacteria or organisms that may pass on disease.

Autumn Garden Task Planning

  • Prepare garden beds as required for what you are planning on planting.
  • Check the supply of your consumables like mixes, foods, and fertilisers, so you have enough supply on hand when required.
  • If you have bulbs that need to be chilled, plan your timing.


Plant from now until May

  • Anemones–Plan your 6-week chilling and rehydration. Also, consider staggering your planting for a longer flowering process.
  • –Plan your chilling and rehydration process. Four to 5 weeks for Ranunculus.
  • Daffodils–the earlier, the better!
  • Freesias–are suitable for a semi-shaded area or full sun.
  • Crocus–Are suitable for damp and shady areas.
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The Autumn Garden – In the vegetable garden

Here is a selection of items to plant in the Autumn garden vegetables. I base it on the northern parts of New Zealand.

Sow direct

  • Climbing beans–Grow up a fence or trellis.
  • Dwarf beans–Tray the scatter method over a garden and cover with soil or compost.
  • Beetroot–If you are getting lots of beautiful sun, make sure you water, as Beetroot can turn woody.
  • Broad Beans–space plants about 25cm apart.
  • Carrots–good for direct sow through to November.
  • Chives–remove flowers to encourage leaf supply.
  • Lettuce–suitable for sowing all year round.
  • Parsnip–Parsnip does not like to be grown alongside carrots.
  • Radish–easy to grow and can be sown with other vegetables.
  • Silverbeet, also known as Swiss Chard—I can eat both leaves and stalks, Yum!

At this moment that is enough tasks to be getting on with, but as winter gets closer it does pay to review the tasks all again.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin

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1 Comment

  1. Hey Bruce
    I have been meaning to ask you I planted some foxgloves for summer and they were a fizzer but the plants are still growing and quite healthy. In fact it looks like one plant is trying to flower. I thought they were annuals so what do you suggest? Shall I just leave them or pull them out?

    Before Christmas I also bought and planted a new variety of flower called Cup and Saucer and again have healthy plants but no flowers. I have tried googling them but only come up with Cup and Saucer vines which these aren’t. Have you heard of them or know anything about them?


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