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November lulls plants into a state of dormancy - so now is a very good time to move  trees or shrubs.


This is the time of the year when evergreens come into their own, providing some much needed colour into a bleak landscape.

GENERAL

  1. Dig over the soil and keep collecting compost materials.

  2. Apply a mulch of manure to your borders.

  3. Use a garden shredder to make a mulch for next year.


VEGETABLES

  1. Plant garlic

  2. Lift celery, leeks and sprouts.

  3. Pick sprouts from the bottom up - removing any dead or dying leaves.

  4. Collect stakes and beanpoles, clean and store for next year.

  5. Dig over unused soil. Manure if necessary. 

  6. Sow broad beans for an early crop.

  7. Collect dead roots for composting.


FRUIT

  1. Plant fruit trees

  2. Mulch young trees.

  3. Apply grease bands to trees when dormant.

  4. Prune apple and pear trees.

  5. Check all supports, stakes, ties, canes etc.

  6. Weed strawberries.


FLOWERS

  1. Continue planting tulips and hyacinths

  2. Plant lily bulbs

  3. Protect tender plants from cold and wet

  4. Rockery seed can be sown in a seedbed.

  5. Remove fallen leaves for composting from rockeries and borders.

  6. Protect delphinium crowns from slugs.

  7. Cut down and divide hollyhocks.


SHRUBS

  1. Prune climbing roses and check supports.

  2. Take cuttings of holly, acuba and laurels and place them in a cold frame.

  3. Sow seeds of trees and shrubs.

  4. Hedges can now be planted.


LAWN

  1. Keep off the lawn wherever possible

  2. Continue mowing if it’s dry and the grass is still growing.


GREENHOUSE

  1. Ventilate the greenhouse well on sunny days

  2. Sow annuals for next year.

  3. Feed auriculas and primulas.

  4. Prune greenhouse shrubs.

  5. Take cuttings of coleus and fibrous-rooted begonias.


POND

  1. Clean the pool filters and check your electrics

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  NOVEMBER

Ornamental cabbages are at their best as bedding plants from November until about March. Vivid, colourful and as tough as, well, a cabbage really. You could also eat them but we’ve never tried.

NOVEMBER - TIP OF THE MONTH