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List of jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Autumn

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Autumn in the Garden

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the fruit garden in Autumn.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

   

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  Autumn Vegetable & Herbs Calendar

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in

Early Autumn (Fall)

(September - UK)

 

Early Autumn PeachesHarvesting & Storing Fruit in early autumn

Start to harvest mid season apples and pears and store unblemished fruit in a cool, dark,  well ventilated place

Continue to harvest ripened plums

Continue harvesting damsons, peaches, nectarines and figs

Pick nuts once the husks begin to yellow

Continue to pick ripened berries regularly

 

 

Care, Pruning, propagation & planting  fruit in early autumn

Finish summer pruning of early apple and pear trees

Lift and divide old rhubarb crowns

Prune summer fruiting gooseberries and currants (red, black and white) and take hardwood cuttings

Prune plums and damsons immediately after harvesting has finished

Complete pruning and tying in of wall trained peaches, nectarines and cherries

Dig up rooted strawberry runners transplant to pots or replant in beds. Now is a good time to create new strawberry beds

 

Protecting Fruit in early autumn

Protect autumn fruiting raspberries and blackberries with netting

Spray peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl just as the leaves begin to fall

Regularly collect and burn fallen leaves which are showing signs of disease such as peach leaf curl or scab

 

Planning and Buying Fruit Trees in early autumn

Order or buy fruit trees and bushes

Start planning new fruit beds and plots for next year

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in

Mid Autumn (Fall)

(October -UK)

 

The Fruit Garden in OctoberHarvesting & Storing Fruit - mid autumn

Continue to harvest ripened apples and pears and store unblemished fruit in a cool, dark,  well ventilated place

Harvest ripened grapes

Continue to harvest ripened plums

Pick nuts once the husks begin to yellow

Continue to pick ripened berries regularly

 

 

Care, Pruning & planting  fruit - mid autumn

Cut down fruited canes of blackberries and berries and tie in new canes

Lift and divide old rhubarb crowns

Prune gooseberries and currants (red, black and white) and take cuttings

Take cuttings of figs and grape vines after leaf fall

Prune out dead or diseased shoots on apple and pear trees

Plant new fruit trees

Complete the planting of strawberry runners by mid October

 

Protecting Fruit - mid autumn

Provide winter protection for wall-trained outdoor figs by covering the plant with plastic netting and filling between the plant and the netting with a loose layer of straw

Towards the end of October place  grease bands on  fruit trees and their stakes if necessary to protect them from female winter moths

Spray peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl just as the leaves begin to fall

Apply a final spray to stone fruit trees at leaf fall against bacterial canker

Regularly collect fallen apples and pears affected with brown rot and pick off any affected fruit on the tree

Regularly collect and burn fallen apple and pear leaves infected with scab

 

Planning and Buying Fruit Trees - mid autumn

Order or buy fruit trees and bushes

Plan new fruit beds and plots for next year

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in

Late Autumn (Fall)

(November - UK)

 

Late Autumn NutsHarvesting & Storing Fruit - late Autumn

Complete the picking of late apples and pears

Continue to pick nuts

Continue to pick ripened berries regularly

 

Care, Pruning & Planting  fruit - late Autumn

Cut out the old fruited canes of blackberries at ground level and tie in the new canes to replace them.  

Complete pruning of raspberries and check canes are securely tied in  

Prune out dead or diseased shoots on apple and pear trees

Plant new fruit trees and bushes as soon as possible

 

Protecting Fruit in late autumn

Apply grease bands to your trees now to stop another infestation next year

Check that fruit cages and netting are secure  

Net or cotton all fruit against bird attack  

Spray apple and pears trees against canker  

Spray peach and nectarine trees against peach leaf curl if not already done

 

Planning and Buying in late autumn

Order fruit seeds for next year

Order bare root or pot grown trees and bushes

Plan new fruit beds and plots for next year

 

Although harvesting will be tailing off from now, you may still end up with too much of any one crop to eat straight away. There are many methods of keeping fruit including making preserves such as jam, bottling,  freezing and even drying .

 

For lots of cooking, storing and preserving  information and recipes visit our sister site www.recipes4us.co.uk


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