Increase your stock
Continue to take hardwood cuttings,like forsythia and cornus. This is a brilliant, eco friendly way of increasing the plants you love in your garden, meaning no plastic, non existent ‘plant miles’ and it’s really easy to boot. A guide can be found here. Planting deciduous trees and hedges are excellent for wildlife. As their natural environment diminishes with more development, it’s important we provide a refuge for them and a rich food source too. Holly, rowan and hawthorn are excellent for this, and can all be planted bare root now, for a good price. Planting shrubs and trees rich in berries attracts a myriad of animals to your garden, which can only be a good thing!
You can begin to take root cuttings from perennials – plants that are ideal for this are those with long fleshy roots such as Japanese anemones, oriental poppies, verbascum and acanthus. Dig up the plant, wash off the soil to expose the roots and make a diagonal cut across the bottom ( so you know which part of the plant is furthest from the top and which way up to plant them). Cut roots with the thickness of a pencil, and then cut these in 5cm sections. Insert the cuttings upright into the compost mixed with vermiculite- cover with grit and water well. You can now put these in a frost free cold frame or a heated propagation for faster rooting, but it’s not essential. New growth should appear in the spring – at which point you can separate each plant into its own pot ready for planting out in the Autumn. You can also plant blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, blackberry and blueberry plants now for a fruit bonanza next year.