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A Fruitful Autumn

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Production team | 15:45 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

On tonight's show Toby will be recommending his top five soft fruits to plant and, for branches laden with fruit next summer, now is the perfect time to start planting.

During late autumn and on into the winter you can also buy and plant fruit trees and bushes bare root which is a cheaper option. Toby will also be planting a blackcurrant bush, making it the first addition to the fruit garden at Greenacre.
Carol will be sharing her berry bonanza in the garden and hedgerows at Glebe Cottage and Alys will be planting a winter extravaganza in a pot that will thrive throughout the winter months. For Alys's full recipe, as well as detailed information about growing blackcurrants, a plant list, and all the techniques featured on tonight's show, please visit our episode guide.
We'll also be meeting the fifth and final finalist for BBC Gardener of the Year 2009 and you will be able to vote for your favourite when the phone lines open at 9pm tonight. If you'd like to watch extended versions of clips of your favourite finalist and their garden, and would like full details of how to vote, please visit our Gardener of the Year pages.
Finally, this weekend why not start preparing for the winter months before the first frost sets in. Here are a few gardening jobs that we'd recommend:

  • Start collecting fallen leaves to make leaf mould. If you can wait a couple of years then store them in a compost bin and they will rot down slowly. For speedier leaf mould, shred them first and then store the leaves in perforated black plastic bags.
  • Empty out summer pots of tender bedding and put the spent plants on the compost heap.
  • There's still time to plant spring bulbs and the recent rainfall will have softened the ground enough for the perfect planting conditions.
  • Finish harvesting tender vegetables before the first frosts arrive.

That's all for now, enjoy your gardening weekend.


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