Autumn. Early autumn is ushered in by the ripening of elderberries, full autumn begins as soon as the acorns of the English oak turn brown. The sunny but crisp autumn days want to be conquered with walks or even gardening. And there is plenty to do in the garden at this time of year! These gardening tasks are coming up in early and full fall.

In the kitchen garden

Sow
As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Sorrel, lamb’s lettuce, winter spinach, Barbara cabbage.
  • Parsnips, radishes
  • In the greenhouse:
  • Purslane
  • Plants

Once the elderberries are ripe:

  • Endives
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Cutting

Once the elderberries are ripe:

  • Remove worn canes from summer raspberries

As soon as acorns turn brown:

  • Remove old blackberry canes
  • Protect
  • Put on glue ring against caterpillars of the frost moth
  • Pick up fallen fruit that has been attacked by the monilia fungus
  • Cover cabbages with protective netting against cabbage white butterfly

What else to do

  • As soon as the elderberries are ripe:
  • Pinch out blossoms on tomatoes
  • Harvesting time for ‘Alkmene’, ‘Gravensteiner’ and ‘Hauszwetsche
  • As soon as acorns turn brown:
  • Harvest time for beans, potatoes, onions and cabbage varieties that form heads
  • Pile on tuberous fennel
  • Tie endive heads together to bleach heart leaves
  • Protect cold-sensitive vegetables with fleece at night: Cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and zucchini

In the flower garden

Sow
As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Horned violets, winter annuelle
  • Summer flowers like fried egg, pansies, forget-me-nots
  • Plant

As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Biennial summer flowers
  • Perennials (but not moisture sensitive ones like catmint, shrub peony, Turk’s poppy)
  • Spring bulbs: imperial crown, early crocuses, checkerboard flower, snowdrops, winter bulbs
  • Autumn bulbs: meadow saffron and autumn crocus
  • Repot jewel lily, divide if necessary and replant
  • Conifers and all evergreen deciduous shrubs
  • Fertilize

As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Grass, mustard as green manure
  • As soon as the acorns turn brown:
  • Bee lover, winter rye and wheat as green manures
  • Cutting

As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Cuttings of herbs
  • Clear the lawn of leaves with a black and decker leaf blower
  • Cut back short-lived perennials: Yellow bateleur flower, corkade flower, girl’s eye
  • Protect
  • Control thuja leaf miner by cutting off and destroying infested, brown shoot tips

What else to do
As soon as the elderberries are ripe:

  • Lay sod
  • Harvest seeds: Maidenhair, nasturtium, marigolds, marigold (Tagetes), vetches
  • As soon as acorns turn brown:
  • Pond care: fish off foliage, remove overgrown plants, stretch netting
  • Protect cold-sensitive potted plants such as angel’s trumpet, move hibiscus, ornamental banana and clove indoors.