Gardening in November

Plant soft fruits and currants, garlic, shallots and early broad beans. Sow early peas and protect with netting from mice and birds. It’s also wise to protect your winter cabbages and Brussels sprouts with netting as birds will be looking for any available sources of food. Set up a bird feeding station to distract them. If you’ve grown parsnips, they’re best harvested after a frost.

  1. Keep clearing fallen leaves, especially from lawns, ponds and beds. Gather the leaves in a small area contained by chicken wire. After the leaves break down, they provide a nutritious mulch to improve the quality of your soil
  2. Plant out winter bedding to brighten up the wintry days with colourful pots and beds of violas, pansies, cyclamen and primroses.
  3. Create containers with spring bulbs under colourful winter flowers. Daffodils and tulips will push up through them in the spring
  4. Protect any outdoor containers from frost by wrapping them in hessian or bubble wrap. Vulnerable plants like tree ferns and palms can be covered in horticultural fleece
  5. Carry on digging any bare beds until the soil is too hard. This helps to restrain weed growth and expose soil pests. Use a small spade and work over one plot at a time – your back will thank you
  6. Prune established apple and pear trees. Cut out any crossing or rubbing branches as open wounds encourage disease. Prune gooseberries so they will produce bigger and better juicy fruit next year

Remember that we can provide you with all the tools you need to keep your garden in tip top shape.