Monty Don tells gardeners to prepare for replanting now – for a healthy patch next spring

The horticultural expert urges you to act now – for seamless regrowth in the seasons ahead

Fall garden with leaves and green shed
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Fall is not conventionally associated with growth in the garden, but Monty Don has rewritten these misconceptions with his recent replanting tip. 

The advice from the BBC Gardener’s World presenter will ensure your garden is abundant for the springtime, but while this may seem like a long way ahead, the process begins right now. 

Sharing his expert garden ideas in his blog, Monty reveals why now is the (unexpected) time to begin preparation – and why your actions now will reap benefits throughout 2022. 

Pristine grass in a large garden

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'October is really the beginning of the horticultural year... It is time to start planning and preparing for next spring and summer. What you do now – and some things that you do not do – will make a huge difference to your 2022 garden,’ Monty explains. 

This involves replanting your garden, which is among the most pressing jobs of October.

‘Start digging any ground that you want to replant this winter or use next spring,’ Monty urges. He adds that the October climate is best for digging as it is dry, accessible, and offers more daylight – just before the clocks go back at the end of the month. 

Monty Don in a garden

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While Monty’s cottage garden idea is timely, he suggests that you still have the flexibility to slow down the process over the remainder of the month – if you pick up the spade now. 

‘[If it] seems daunting, do 30 minutes a week in two 15 minute sessions. Leave the soil in large slabs for the weather to break down over winter,’ Monty explains. 

Similarly, while Monty’s raised garden bed ideas differ slightly from his general growing advice, he suggests it is still important to prepare them now – for best results in spring. 

Raised bed garden ideas

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‘If you have raised beds – and if not October is an ideal month for making them – mulch them with an inch or so of garden compost as they become clear, leaving the worms to work it in ready for sowing or planting next spring,’ Monty adds. 

As unorthodox as it may feel, the journey to a springtime garden begins right now – and with Monty Don’s small garden ideas – we expect the process will be seamless indeed. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.