Jobs in the Garden this November

Thursday, 1 November 2018  |  Alison

Christmas is coming we have just launched a fabulous new range of gifts for gardeners and non-gardeners.  Have a browse through our online catalogue now for some great ideas this Christmas

You may be thinking now the cooler temperatures are here and the rich colours of autumnal displays are fading, that the garden can be left alone for the winter whilst you tuck up inside, but oh no, there is pruning, digging, tending, planting and most importantly ordering new plants from our catalogue and online to be done!   

With shortening days though, there is a sense of quieter days to come, so putting the garden to bed for a month or two is just as important as the reawakening of it in January.

Here are the Brookside Nursery Top Ten Tips for your garden in November:-

 Bulbs – November is an ideal month to plant tulip bulbs straight into the ground or to make a spring display in containers and pots.   Daffodil bulbs should all be planted now but don’t worry if you still have some to plant.  If you have an empty patch of ground in the veg patch, dig it over and plant the bulbs in rows or groups, mark them with a label and in spring as the shoots develop you can dig them up and place them in the areas you want them to flower. You can also plant bulbs in pots to place into the borders as they come into flower.

November - is a good time to plant garlic cloves and onion sets into the ground to be ready in mid-late summer next year.   Garlic Cassablanca is a good all-rounder and Onion ‘Senshyu Yellow’ is an easy to grow over-wintering onion to plant. They are both available to order now online, but hurry, there aren’t that many left now.

Roses - If you are taking delivery of bare root roses, it is best to get them in the ground as soon as possible (frosty, hard ground permitting).   Plant the roses in a specialist rose compost as this contains calcium to promote good root growth and do make sure the roots are spread out before covering with soil/compost.     One year old roses will benefit from being pruned back to around 30cm (12”) to promote a bushier specimen with stronger stems. 

Borders - Before cutting back stems of perennial flowers that are past their best, make a note of any that need dividing or moving.  Some can be dug up now and moved, others are best left until spring, particularly if you live in a colder part of the country.

Birds - Birds will come to your garden if you feed them regularly and will reward you with daily visits to brighten a dull November day. If you have grown specific plants that have seeds, hips or berries in the autumn and winter, leave them intact until the early spring, especially teasel, honeysuckle, rosa rugosa and sunflowers.  There are plenty of proprietary seed and nut brands available at your local nursery or garden centre as an alternative but they can be expensive so it’s much better if you can provide seeds from your own garden.

Herbs – Many herbs grown in the garden die back in the winter months but to extend their usage cover them with a cloche, ie, parsley, basil, coriander, chives. Alternatively lift some of them and pot them up in compost and place them on the kitchen windowsill.  Others herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme will over-winter well outside as they have a tough woody structure.

Apples – Fruits, especially apples that you are storing will need to be checked regularly to ensure they are not rotting. Use up any fruits that are going over or put them out for the birds to eat.   

Leafmould – One of my favourite jobs in November is to rake up the fallen leaves from the lawn and borders. They can then be packed tightly into black sacks, home-made chicken wire cage or even left in a pile in a sheltered tucked away spot in the garden to decompose. If using black sacks the punch some holes into the bag to allow any excess water to escape. This time next year you will then have your own soil conditioner or leafmould mulch that can be used around the base of plants to either protect them or to help retain moisture and improve the structure of the soil.

Wildlife – Hedgehogs hibernate during the winter months and if you are lucky enough to have one in your garden, they are well worth looking after as one of their favourite snacks are slugs, the bane of our lives.  This year I have a hedgehog that has made its nest at the back of a large pampas grass, so it has used all the fallen, dead bits of foliage and other leaves to make a cosy home. Check around your garden at the base of your plants before doing any digging and you may find you have one nesting too.

Dig over any empty parts of the vegetable patch and if you can get hold any well- rotted manure now is the time to spread it over the plot.  This will nourish the soil in readiness for sowing and planting next season.

Meanwhile keep warm and have fun in your garden!


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