Things to do in the garden in November
With Sally Hammacott - Kingswood Voice's garden enthusiast
WITH the nights drawing in and the weather more windy, rainy with increased likelihood of frosts it time to protect not only the tender plants in our gardens but birds and wildlife so remember to keep water and food supplies topped up to help them through. There is still plenty to do though so pull your waterproof and wellies on and get stuck in.
If you want to provide some habitat for wildlife leave dead stems, otherwise cut back. Ornamental grasses and bamboos can be cut back and tidied and herbaceous perennials that have overgrown can be lifted and divided.
It’s really the last chance now to plant out winter bedding such as wallflowers, violas and primula. Root cuttings can be taken now and throughout the winter from herbaceous perennials particularly good for oriental poppies, Phlox and Verbascum.
Plants no longer require feeding as they are no longer growing.
This is a good time to mulch and improve clay soils ready for next spring and mulching semi hardy plants can help protect them against the worse of the weather.
Tidy borders, removing leaves and placing them in a bin to make leaf mulch which you can use to enrich the soil. New flower beds can also be dug dependent on the weather but don’t dig when the soil is very wet as walking on sodden soil can cause it to compact.
Keep an eye out for pests and diseases as many can overwinter in the soil or plant debris for example antirrhinum rust and sclerotinia can overwinter in the soil and then re-infect plants as they grow next season. Also grey mould and botrytis can be a problem if we get a lot of wet weather.
Plant out bare-rooted deciduous hedging, trees and shrubs. It’s a perfect time for planting out new roses and lightly pruning rose bushes if not already done. Pruning and training of deciduous trees and shrubs can be carried out throughout the dormant season but leave evergreens until the spring.
Sally's tips for the month
• Move tender plants to a sheltered spot
• Move them into a greenhouse or wrap vulnerable pots and plants
• Continue to clear up fallen leaves
• Plant out winter bedding
• Plant tulip bulbs
• Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
• Plant lily bulbs in pots
• Raise pots up to allow for drainage
Enjoy your garden, happy November.