Frosts, falling leaves, wind, and rain: November will bring harsher weather than can negatively impact your plants, so you need to make sure that your garden and greenhouse are adequately protected.
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Top Jobs for November
- Prune roses to around a third/half of their height to protect them from windrock, so they don’t sway in strong wind and so that roots don’t come loose.
- Encourage birds to come to your garden by providing birdbaths, birdhouses, and bird feeders so they can keep fed and warm during the colder months. They’ll keep the pests down by eating the numerous insects in your garden.
- Insulate containers to protect plants from frost, by using fleece, frost covers, or cloches.
- Prevent waterlogging by raising pots off the ground.
What To Do: Vegetables
- Potatoes. Check any potatoes you’re storing and remove rotting ones. To allow your stored potatoes to breathe properly, make sure to use hessian sacks.
- Parsnips. Lift these vegetables after the first frosts hit to ensure you have parsnips with a sweetened taste.
- Autumn garlic. You can start preparing beds with organic matter in preparation to plant autumn garlic.
- Perennial vegetables. Start preparing beds to plant asparagus crowns and rhubarb crowns.
- Onions and garlic. If you have onions and garlic stored, check to see if any are rotting so you can remove them immediately.
What To Do: Fruits
- Raspberries. You can plant raspberry canes to have a home-grown crop.
- Pear and apple trees. Prune these trees between now and February.
- Strawberries. Cut off dead leaves in strawberry plants, making sure to also remove runners.
- Currants. You can plant currant bushes now while they’re still dormant.
- Plum trees. These trees shouldn’t be pruned now; they’ll be very susceptible to silver leaf fungus and should only be pruned around midsummer.
- Fruit trees. To prevent female wingless winter moths from climbing and laying eggs on your fruit trees, make sure to apply grease bands to tree trunks.
- Fruit cages. Remove netting from plants - should it snow, the weight will make the netting sag.
What To Do: Flowers
- Holly. Make sure to cut holly stems with berries on them for Christmas garlands, as birds will eat the berries. Stand the stems in water in a sheltered location.
- Herbaceous perennials. Cut back any yellow foliage, lift, and divide clumps that are overcrowded so they retain their vigour.
- Rose bushes. Remove all fallen leaves from the base of rose bushes that suffered from rust or blackspot to help prevent a reinfection.
- Begonias, dahlia tubers, and gladiolus corms. Keep lifting them to you can store them dry, making sure to remove dead foliage first.
What To Do: In the Greenhouse
- Make sure to water little and often to prevent overwatering.
- Insulate and heat your greenhouse to reduce heat loss, but don’t forget about ventilation.
- Keep your greenhouse clean by disinfecting, cleaning, dusting, and keeping up with maintenance chores.
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