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Jobs to do in the garden in November

Date Posted: 01 November 2016

November is a time of crisp frosty mornings and short days now that British Summer Time has come to an end, leaves continue to fall, berries are plentiful and ripe and things are slowly winding down in the garden but there are still plenty of jobs to do.
 
General Jobs
  • Check stored vegetables and fruit, remove any bad ones and put out for the birds.Tubby Stack Pack Wooden Storage Boxes
  • Invest in a new pair of Secateurs for the autumn/winter pruning season.
  • Begin to write your Christmas Gift wish list to help family members with their christmas shopping.
  • Plant spring bulbs in containers/bowls/baskets for an indoor display in spring.
  • Order seed catalogues and begin planning your Vegetable Garden for next year making sure crops are rotated.
  • Plant window boxes/troughs and containers with spring flowers (Primulas, Polyanthus, Pansies, Violas) Ivy and bulbs for a cheerful winter/spring display, use the old compost as a mulch on the garden. Choose larger plants for a better display as they will not grow much during the winter months.
  • Plant Tulip bulbs this month.
  • Free Standing Wooden Manger Trough Crib Planter Last chance to plant spring flowering bulbs (daffodils, crocus and hyacinth, alliums, fritillaries), buy ones that are firm and show no signs of damage or disease, plant in attractive containers on the patio, borders or naturalise them in the lawn.
  • Check bonfires thoroughly for hedgehogs and other wildlife before burning them and only light one side so that they can escape or burn waste material safely in a garden incinerator.
  • Dig over empty beds, incorporating organic matter from your Compost Bin (take care as your compost bin may contain hibernating creatures), and let the frost break down the soil over the winter.
  • Clean out water butts and install water diverters from your downpipes to collect rainwater this autumn and winter.
  • Prevent house gutters from filling up with leaves and moss by installing Hedgehog Gutter Guards great for sheds and greenhouses too.
  • Copious Leaf Composter and Garden Log Store CombinationCollect fallen leaves and turn them into wonderful nutrient rich leaf mould by storing them in a Copious Leaf Composter and Garden Store or a Jumbo Leaf Mould Compost Bin in a corner of the garden, buy a pair of Handy Hands Leaf Collectors to make the job easier. 
  • Invest in a new Compost Bin or add a Module or a Leaf Mould Composting Module to your existing one to contain your extra waste vegetation.
  • Put a Compost Duvet on your Compost Bin to retain the heat and keep your compost worms warm and active.
  • Check that plants and trees are supported/tied in to avoid wind damage.
Fruit
  • Apple and Pear trees can be pruned now until February.
  • Gripple Garden Trellis KitCut back old canes of Blackberries and Loganberries when they have finished fruiting and tie in this year’s new growth against a wall with a Gripple Garden Trellis Kit.
  • Plant Fruit Trees (apples, cherries, pears, plums), Bushes (currants/gooseberries, blueberries) and Raspberry Canes now if the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, Autumn fruiting Raspberries are better for school gardens as they will produce fruit during term time.  
  • Plant new Rhubarb crowns or divide old Rhubarb crowns and grow in a newly prepared bed with plenty of organic matter.
  • Prune currant bushes by removing a third of the old dark wood as close to the ground as possible as well as any dead, diseased or dying wood, allowing air into the bushes and encouraging new healthy stems.
Vegetables 
  • Superior Wooden Cold Frame With 2cm Thick BoardsIf you love Asparagus now is the time to make a new bed and get them planted.
  • Plant Autumn garlic bulbs in the ground or in small pots in a cold frame or polytunnel, continue to plant over wintering onion sets.
  • In mild areas sow Autumn varieties of Broad Bean (Aquadulce) for an early crop next year, protect with fleece or cloches.
  • Sow hardy varieties of peas which will produce an earlier crop next year
  • Support Brussels Sprouts plants and other brassicas as they become top heavy, and net to protect from pigeons, remove any lower yellow leaves.
  • Cover Cauliflower heads with fleece, a cloche or their leaves to protect from frost.
 
In the Greenhouse / Polytunnel / On your Windowsill / In the Propagator
  • Regularly check plants for pests and diseases and remove any dead or yellowing leaves or flowers.
  • Sow winter salads (winter hardy varieties).
  • Sow hardy peas if you have the room.
  • Sow herbs on a windowsill or in the greenhouse to pick through winter.
  • The BIG Red Paraffin Greenhouse HeaterInvest in a greenhouse heater so that you can continue to grow crops throughout winter and maintain temperatures for tender overwintering plants, leave a window open slightly to allow noxious gases to escape if you are using a gas or paraffin heater, put up a thermometer so that you can easily check the temperature.
  • Move tender plants and containers planted with Christmas potatoes into the greenhouse before the first frosts, check for pests (slugs, snails and aphids) and remove any dead or diseased foliage first.
  • Insulate your greenhouse with bubblewrap ready for the winter.
Harvest
  • The Quicker Apple PickerPick any remaining Autumn Raspberries, Blackberries, Loganberries.
  • Continue to harvest Spinach, Chard, Leaf Beet, Kohl Rabi, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Cauliflowers, Kales, Broccoli, Leeks, Jerusalem Artichokes.
  • Harvest root crops Beetroots, Carrots, Parsnips (They are sweeter after the first frosts), Turnip, Swedes and remaining Salad Leaves, Spring Onions and Radishes.
  • Fruit and Vegetable StorePick any remaining apples, pears, plums and damsons, make life easier for those hard to reach fruits use a Quicker Apple and Fruit Picker or for collecting windfalls an Apple wizard.
  • Store apples that are not damaged and pest and disease free in a cool dark place, eat the rejects or make into chutneys or pies and crumbles which can be frozen. Check regularly for any rotting fruit.
  • Harvest remaining sweet and chilli peppers by cutting off the fruit rather than pulling or twisting as the stems are brittle and can snap easily, both can be frozen and Chilli peppers can be dried to use later on.
 Wildlife
  • Put a floating ball on ponds to stop them freezing over completely and to allow methane gas to escape.
  • Check and clean pond filters before the winter and cover garden ponds with net to stop leaves fallingCJ Wildlife Fiesta Hanging Ceramic Bird Feeder in and tainting the water.
  • Continue to feed birds, encourage them into your garden they in return will eat a lot of your pests. Provide fresh water in your bird baths for the birds to drink and bathe in and regularly clean bird tables, feeders and bird baths.
  • Look after beneficial insects such as Lacewings and Ladybirds, put up bug houses in your garden to help them through the winter.
  • The Orginal Hedgehog HousePut out fresh water and Hedgehog food in an Original Hedgehog House (perfect for hibernation) to give Hedgehogs a boost and help them gain the weight they need to survive the winter as well as a Hedgehog Igloo House or Hogitat Hedgehog House in a wild and quiet corner of your garden to provide a safe place for hedgehogs to sleep and hibernate during winter.
  • Put windfall apples in a Wooden Apple Bird Feeder for smaller birds; leave some apples where they fall for the ground feeding birds.
  • Bugs Alive Insect TowerPut up a Pollinating Bee LogKew Bee Habitat or a Solitary Bee Hive to provide a home for Solitary Bees.
  • Any remaining Butterflies and Insects will be seeking a warm dry winter retreat, in a sheltered spot in your garden put up a Butterfly and Moth feeder/habitatKew Butterfly HabitatButterfly Biome or a Bugs Alive Insect Tower.
  • Frogs, Newts and Toads will be looking for a safe retreat for the winter, place a Frogitat or a Woodstone Frog and Toad House in your garden for them.
  • At Halloween we are reminded of one of our most secretive and fascinating native mammals - the bat, of which we have many species in Britain, now is a good time to put up a conservation or double chamber bat box for them to roost in over the cold winter months.
 Conservation Bat BoxWildlife World Double Chamber Wooden Bat Box
 
 
 

 

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