Gardening in November

As autumn comes to an end, the last of the leaves are falling from the trees and the days are becoming wetter and noticeably colder.

It’s a quieter time of year in the garden, and a great opportunity to reflect on what has and has not worked well in the garden, and to start planning for the next year. It’s also a great time to take a look at your indoor plants and make sure they’re ready for the winter. 

Things to do this month
  • Install permanent edging around lawns to make it easier to cut to a neat edge.

  • Check guttering is properly attached to all structures in the garden. A badly functioning gutter can overflow particular areas of the garden, causing water logging, damaging plants.

  • However, rainwater collected properly and used purposefully in the garden is great for the environment and for most plants, which generally prefer untreated water.

  • Spread compost from the heap on beds. This will protect soil and plants from difficult weather and make the earth easier to work with in the spring.

  • Remove dead leaves from flower beds and lawns and add to the compost heap or a leaf mould bin.

  • Make a wish list of new equipment you need for the garden. Perhaps it’s time for a new fork or pair of secateurs?

  • Create a bog garden. Attract frogs, newts, toads and beneficial insects to your garden. Moisture-loving plants can be placed around the edge to provide shelter.

  • Start planning for next year. Order seeds and new fruit trees, and start sketching out your plans for the garden.

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