Fruits in the Autumn light are one of my favourite spectacles in the gardens. These Mespilus germanica – Medlar will be ready to eat by the end of November. These along with Diospyros kaki – Japanese Persimmon are great winter fruits.
I like to propagate aquatic plants in the Autumn, there is not really an optimal time to propgate these plants but I find them easy to deal with when they are larger with plenty of shoot growth. We are using the plants from our existing ponds to populate 2 new ponds. You only need a few plants to start off with as aquatic plants tend to grow very fast, and quickly fill out. In fact removing a 1/3 of the plants is necessary after a few years otherwise they can form a complete blanket cover in the water body. The aquatic plant biomass makes excellent mulch even when they are full of seed (the seed will not germinate in terrestrial habitat) For more on plants that are great for producing mulch check out our previous blog – How to grow your own mulch.
Sagittaria sagittifolia – Arrowhead is a flowering plant in the family Alismataceae, native to wetlands in most of Europe from Ireland and Portugal to Finland and Bulgaria. These plants are extremely easy to propagate this time of year and you can also harvest the tubers which can be cooked and taste a little like potatoes but crunchier.
If you would like to create a forest garden and gain some practical hands on experience join us this Spring. We’ll be covering site surveying, landscape design software, installing access, beds, irrigation channels, planting tree, shrub, herb and ground layers and making a small wildlife pond. All in 3 days! And plenty of follow up material to take away with you to digest slowly.